Is it true love? Altruism versus exchange in time and money transfers
This paper investigates what motivates intergenerational time andmoney transfers. We consider a model in which transfers may be drivennot only by altruism, but also by exchange considerations. We use datafrom SHARE to discriminate between the two motives. We show thatboth if we consider money transfers from parents to children and timetransfers from children to parents, the empirical evidence rejects pure altruism in favor of exchange. This result has important policy implications on the effectiveness of formal care provision as a substitute for informal care and on the impact of taxation on transfers.