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The impact of AIDS on intergenerational support in South Africa: Evidence from the Cape Area Panel Study

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  • Cally Ardington

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    (SALDRU, School of Economics, University of Cape TownAuthor-Email:)

  • Anne Case
  • Mahnaz Islam
  • David Lam

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    (Economics Department, University of Michigan)

  • Murray Leibbrandt

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    (SALDRU, University of Cape Town)

  • Alicia Menendez
  • Analia Olgiati

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We use panel data collected in metropolitan Cape Town to document the role played by aging parents in caring for the children of children who die. In addition, we quantify the probabilities that older adults and the older adults' children provide financial support to orphaned grandchildren. We find significant transfers of public and private funds to older adults in households with orphans. Perhaps for this reason, we see no difference in expenditure patterns between households with orphans and other older adult households. With respect to older adults' quality of life, we find no effect of reporting that a child died, or of co-residence with orphaned grandchildren, on the older adults' reports of depression, or on their self-assessed health.

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Paper provided by Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town in its series SALDRU Working Papers with number 27.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ldr:wpaper:27

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  1. Anne Case & Victoria Hosegood & Frances Lund, 2004. "The Reach and Impact of Child Support Grants: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal," Working Papers 167, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Research Program in Development Studies..
  2. Anne Case & Cally Ardington, 2006. "The impact of parental death on school outcomes: Longitudinal evidence from South Africa," Demography, Springer, vol. 43(3), pages 401-420, August.
  3. Anne Case & Christina Paxson, 2005. "Sex differences in morbidity and mortality," Demography, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 189-214, May.
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  5. David Lam & Murray Leibbrandt & Vimal Ranchhod, 2005. "Labour force withdrawal of the elderly in South Africa," SALDRU/CSSR Working Papers 118, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
  6. Anne Case & Christina Paxson & Joseph Ableidinger, 2004. "Orphans in Africa: Parental Death, Poverty and School Enrollment," Working Papers 183, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Research Program in Development Studies..
  7. John Knodel, 2008. "Poverty and the Impact of AIDS on Older Persons: Evidence from Cambodia and Thailand," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 56, pages 441-475.
  8. John Knodel & Zachary Zimmer & Kiry Sovan Kim & Sina Puch, 2007. "The Effect on Elderly Parents in Cambodia of Losing an Adult Child to AIDS," Population and Development Review, The Population Council, Inc., vol. 33(3), pages 479-500.
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  1. Schatz, Enid & Gómez-Olivé, Xavier & Ralston, Margaret & Menken, Jane & Tollman, Stephen, 2012. "The impact of pensions on health and wellbeing in rural South Africa: Does gender matter?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 75(10), pages 1864-1873.
  2. Ice, Gillian H. & Sadruddin, Aalyia F.A. & Vagedes, Amy & Yogo, Jaja & Juma, Elizabeth, 2012. "Stress associated with caregiving: An examination of the stress process model among Kenyan Luo elders," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(12), pages 2020-2027.

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