EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Intra-household cooperation and inter-generational communication in the extended family: a field experiment in a poor urban community in Africa

Sevias Guvuriro () and Frederik Booysen
Additional contact information
Sevias Guvuriro: University of the Free State (UFS)
Frederik Booysen: University of the Witswatersrand

Review of Economics of the Household, 2020, vol. 18, issue 3, No 4, 635-653

Abstract: Abstract There is a dearth of studies on cooperation within the extended inter-generational family, a common living arrangement in Africa. This study employs a communication treatment and a 10-item Family Communication Scale (FCS) of the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales (FACES IV) to explain cooperation in a Voluntary Contribution Mechanism (VCM) beyond the laboratory. The study applies the Random Effect regression analysis. The results show that inter-generational cooperation is heterogeneous, limited and subject to decay, with stronger cooperation up the generational hierarchy. The framed field experiment presents evidence of the positive impact on cooperation of face-to-face communication and of positive perceptions of family communication. More specifically, communication mitigates contribution decay and enhances cooperation, especially between parents and grandparents and their children and grandchildren. Inter-generational transfers and the associated investment in family-type public goods can be augmented by social developmental policies such as parenting skills training that enhance family communication and in turn, intra-household cooperation.

Keywords: Field experiment; VCM; Cooperation; Communication; Family (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 C93 D19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11150-019-09465-y Abstract (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:kap:reveho:v:18:y:2020:i:3:d:10.1007_s11150-019-09465-y

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... cs/journal/11150/PS2

DOI: 10.1007/s11150-019-09465-y

Access Statistics for this article

Review of Economics of the Household is currently edited by Shoshana Grossbard

More articles in Review of Economics of the Household from Springer
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().

 
Page updated 2021-01-17
Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:18:y:2020:i:3:d:10.1007_s11150-019-09465-y