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Meet the Parents? Family Size and the Geographic Proximity Between Adult Children and Older Mothers in Sweden

  • Holmlund, Helena
  • Rainer, Helmut
  • Siedler, Thomas

The aim of this study is to estimate the causal effect of family size on the proximity between older mothers and adult children by using a large administrative data set from Sweden. Our main results show that adult children in Sweden are not constrained by sibship size in choosing where to live: for families with more than one child, sibship size does not affect child-mother proximity. For aging parents, however, having fewer children reduces the probability of having at least one child living nearby, which is likely to have consequences for the intensity of intergenerational contact and eldercare.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Munich Reprints in Economics with number 19441.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Publication status: Published in Demography 3 50(2013): pp. 903-931
Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:19441
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