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Distance to old parents


  • Gunnar Malmberg

    (Umeå Universitet)

  • Anna Pettersson

    (Umeå Universitet)


In the present study, features of and trends in child-parent proximity in Sweden are analyzed using comprehensive register data. The results show that 85% of older parents have adult children within a radius of 50 km, of which 10% live ‘just around the corner’; corresponding figures for adult children are 72% and 5%, respectively. The study gives no indication of increasing intergenerational distances. Results from logistic regressions show that adult children who are well educated, female, older, born in Sweden, who are not parents, who live in densely populated areas, and have siblings are less likely to stay in the same region as their parents.

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  • Gunnar Malmberg & Anna Pettersson, 2007. "Distance to old parents," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 17(23), pages 679-704, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:17:y:2007:i:23

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    1. A M Warnes, 1986. "The Residential Mobility Histories of Parents and Children, and Relationships to Present Proximity and Social Integration," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 18(12), pages 1581-1594, December.
    2. Joseph, Alun E. & Hallman, Bonnie C., 1998. "Over the hill and far away: distance as a barrier to the provision of assistance to elderly relatives," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 46(6), pages 631-639, March.
    3. Karsten Hank, 2005. "Spatial Proximity and Contacts between Elderly Parents and Their Adult Children: A European Comparison," MEA discussion paper series 05098, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
    4. Karsten Hank, 2005. "Spatial Proximity and Contacts between Elderly Parents and Their Adult Children: A European Comparison," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 510, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    1. Katrine Løken & Kjell Lommerud & Shelly Lundberg, 2013. "Your Place or Mine? On the Residence Choice of Young Couples in Norway," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 50(1), pages 285-310, February.

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    adult children; aging; child-parent proximity; intergenerational contacts; logistic regression analysis; old parents; registry data; Sweden;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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