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Living Arrangements of the Elderly in China: Evidence from CHARLS

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  • Lei, Xiaoyan

    ()
    (Peking University)

  • Strauss, John

    ()
    (University of Southern California)

  • Tian, Meng

    ()
    (Peking University)

  • Zhao, Yaohui

    ()
    (Peking University)

Abstract

Recent increases in Chinese elderly living alone or only with a spouse has raised concerns about elderly support, especially when public support is inadequate. However, using rich information from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, we find that the increasing trend in living alone is accompanied with a rise in living close to each other. This type of living arrangement solves the conflicts between privacy/independence and family support. This is confirmed in further investigation: children living close by visit their parents more frequently. We also find that children who live far away provide a larger amount of net transfers to their parents, a result consistent with responsibility sharing among siblings. Having more children is associated with living with a child or having a child nearby, while investing more in a child's schooling is associated with greater net transfers to parents.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6249.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6249

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Keywords: living arrangement; coresidence; proximity of children; CHARLS;

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  1. Cameron, L., 1998. "The Residency Decision of Elderly Indonesians: A Nested Logit Analysis," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series, The University of Melbourne 638, The University of Melbourne.
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  1. Connelly, Rachel & Iannotti, Michael & Maurer-Fazio, Margaret & Zhang, Dandan, 2014. "Coresidency, Ethnicity, and Happiness of China's Rural Elders," IZA Discussion Papers 8194, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Wang, Le, 2013. "Estimating returns to education when the IV sample is selective," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 74-85.
  3. Mu, Ren & Du, Yang, 2012. "Pension Coverage for Parents and Educational Investment in Children: Evidence from Urban China," IZA Discussion Papers 6797, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Lei, Xiaoyan & Giles, John & Hu, Yuqing & Park, Albert & Strauss, John & Zhao, Yaohui, 2012. "Patterns and correlates of intergenerational non-time transfers : evidence from CHARLS," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6076, The World Bank.

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