Revealed Son Preferences

C. Y. Cyrus Chu and Ruoh‐Rong Yu

in Understanding Chinese Families

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199578092
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722424 | DOI:
Revealed Son Preferences

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Parents' son preferences can be revealed either by their answers to some attitude questions, or by their behaviors which are related to some underlying preferences. This chapter presents the distribution of responses to several gender‐norm related questions such as respondents' attitude toward male‐line lineage preservation, and their perception of co‐residing with married sons. It appears that Taiwanese parents are more “traditional” than those in Mainland China toward such attitude questions. Concerning son preferences revealed by parental decisions, parents' education investment in and inter vivos transfers to sons/daughters are used to identify the possible existence and intensity of such preferences. It turns out that revealed son preferences in China are stronger than those in Taiwan, and that Taiwanese parents have a slightly greater preference for the eldest son.

Keywords: son preferences; gender norm; lineage preservation; co‐residence; education investment; inter vivos transfers

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Subjects: Business and Management

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