Changing Gender Preferences in Taiwan

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:
Changing Gender Preferences in Taiwan

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This chapter analyzes the intergenerational transmission of gender preferences in education investment at the macro and the micro level using the Taiwan PSFD data. The macro‐level analysis shows that, relative to the older generation, (1) parental differential treatment of girls has become weaker for the younger generation, (2) the influence of parental educational background on child schooling is weaker for the younger generation, and (3) the helping effect of elder siblings has become a competing effect for the younger generation. Tracing each micro lineage, however, a weak habitus effect of the gender‐specific mindset within each lineage is found, in the sense that mothers who were treated unfavorably when they were young tend to treat their female children unfavorably. It is also shown that education is the most important factor in the dilution of this habitus effect.

Keywords: intergenerational transmission; gender preferences; education investment; habitus effect; compensation effect; reinforcement effect

Chapter.  7989 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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