Generational Contract Between Care and Inheritance in Britain and Japan, 2002-2003

Under a traditional inter-generational contract, Japanese adult children provided care to their parents within co-residency and, in return, inherited family wealth. In Britain, with its long-established welfare state and people's preference for independent living, the provision of such care does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with inheritance. This research examined the changing trends of exchanging care and inheritance between older parents and their adult children in the two ageing societies - Britain and Japan. Through a series of in-depth interviews, the distinct ways in which specific cultures, institutions, laws and housing markets combine to influence different 'generational contracts' were explored.

Creator(s) Izuhara, M., University of Bristol. School for Policy Studies
Funder Economic and Social Research Council
Publisher UK Data Service
DOI 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4825-1
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