Why are the oldest old less generous? Explanations for the unexpected age-related drop in charitable giving

TitleWhy are the oldest old less generous? Explanations for the unexpected age-related drop in charitable giving
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWiepking, P, James, III, RN
JournalAgeing and Society
Volume33
Issue3
Pagination486-510
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Health Conditions and Status
Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that the generally positive relationship between age and the presence of charitable giving becomes negative at the oldest ages. We investigate potential causes of this drop in charitable giving among the oldest old including changes in health, cognition, egocentric networks, religious attendance, and substitution of charitable bequest planning. A longitudinal analysis of data from the United States Health and Retirement Survey indicates that the drop in charitable giving is mediated largely by changes in the frequency of church attendance, with only modest influences from changes in health and cognition.

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Copyright - Copyright Cambridge University Press 2012 Last updated - 2013-03-02 CODEN - AGSOD9 DOI - 2895887371; 75515622; 14190; AGSOD9; PANS; CBVPPANS10.1017/S0144686X12000062

URLhttp://search.proquest.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/docview/1288979678?accountid=14667
DOI10.1017/S0144686X12000062
Endnote Keywords

Oldest old people/Altruism/charitable giving/Donations/church Membership

Endnote ID

68980

Citation Key7818