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Reassessing the Decline in Parent-Child Old-Age Coresidence During the 20th Century


  • Schoeni, R-F


The share of the elderly living with a child has decreased monotonically throughout the twentieth century, and this has been interpreted as a decline in the role of the family in providing old-age assistance. However, at the same time, the probability of reaching old age has increased dramatically. This note derives a measure that incorporates these two factors to determine whether the expected life years lived in old-age coresidence with a child has in fact decreased.

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  • Schoeni, R-F, 1997. "Reassessing the Decline in Parent-Child Old-Age Coresidence During the 20th Century," Papers 97-07, RAND - Labor and Population Program.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:randlp:97-07

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    1. Mathiowetz, Nancy A & Duncan, Greg J, 1988. "Out of Work, Out of Mind: Response Errors in Retrospective Reports of Unemployment," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 6(2), pages 221-229, April.
    2. Duncan, Greg J & Hill, Daniel H, 1985. "An Investigation of the Extent and Consequences of Measurement Error in Labor-Economic Survey Data," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 3(4), pages 508-532, October.
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    1. Kathryn Yount, 2009. "Gender and Intergenerational Co-residence in Egypt and Tunisia," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 28(5), pages 615-640, October.
    2. Kathryn Yount & Zeinab Khadr, 2008. "Gender, Social Change, and Living Arrangements Among Older Egyptians During the 1990s," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 27(2), pages 201-225, April.

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    JEL classification:

    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination


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