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Intergenerational Transfers in the Era of HIV/AIDS: Evidence from Rural Malawi

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  • Iliana V. Kohler

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Hans-Peter Kohler

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Philip Anglewicz

    (Tulane University)

  • Jere R. Behrman

    (University of Pennsylvania)

Abstract

Intergenerational transfer patterns in sub-Saharan Africa are poorly understood, despite the alleged importance of support networks to ameliorate the complex implications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on families. We estimate the age patterns and the multiple directions of transfer flows in rural Malawi---from prime-aged respondents to their elderly parents and adult children age 15+. Our findings include that: (1) financial net transfers are strongly age-patterned and the middle generations are net-providers of transfers; (2) non-financial transfers are based on mutual assistance rather than reallocation of resources; and (3) intergenerational transfers are generally not related to health status, including HIV+ status.

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Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
Issue (Month): 27 (December)
Pages: 775-834

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Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:27:y:2012:i:27

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Keywords: age patterns of transfers; intergenerational transfers; Malawi; MLSFH; SSA; transfer flows;

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