Speaker: Professor Merril Silverstein, Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing & the Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging, Aging Studies Institute, Syracuse University, USA
Summary: This presentation explores the question of why adult children provide support and care to their older parents. Absent strong bio-evolutionary hypotheses, the effort to understand these motives has largely focused on social explanations, primarily those related to social-affective connections and the norm of reciprocity. Using data from a multi-panel and multi-generational data set, Professor Silverstein will present evidence for long-term reciprocity and family culture as forces that drive support provision from children. He will then theoretically integrate micro-family interactions within the broader social contexts of culture and the welfare state to develop an emergent framework of intergenerational exchanges under the concept of moral capital.