This study investigates whether and how support for welfare state arrangements for the old relate to the stereotypes of the young and the old within society. It is hypothesized that the social status that these groups have in society affect these attitudes through different mechanisms, relating to the deservingness criteria that citizens apply. An empirical analysis of Round 4 of the European Social Survey (including 50,009 individuals from 29 European countries) shows that: (1) the social esteem of people over 70 predicts support for welfare state arrangements for the old; and (2) the social esteem of people in their 20s has a moderate effect on support for these arrangements. Hence, there is little support for a generational conflict.

Age stereotypes, International comparison, Population aging, Welfare state arrangements for the old
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Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Koster, F. (2018). Age Stereotypes and Attitudes Towards Welfare State Arrangements for the Old. A Multilevel Analysis Across Twenty-Nine Countries. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 45(2), 67–90. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/107425