Can Policy Change Culture? Government Pension Plans and Traditional Kinship Practices

American Economic Review Vol/Iss. 111(6) American Economic Association Nashville Published In Pages: 1880-1917
By Bau, Natalie


In this paper, the author examines the effects of recent pension policies in Indonesia and Ghana on the practice of matri- or patrilocality. She also explores the relationships between these policies, marital residence, education, and elderly support. Her findings show that both matri/patrilocality and the investment parents make in their children have declined since the implementation of the pension plans.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Other researchers
Ethnologue: Languages of the WorldOther researchers
2010 Indonesian CensusResearcher's own
2000 Ghanaian CensusResearcher's own
Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS)Researcher's own

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