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Location of Adult Children as an Attraction for Black and White Elderly Migrants in the United States


  • Kao-Lee Liaw
  • William H. Frey
  • Ji-Ping Lin


This research evaluates the location of adult children as a determinant of interstate primary migration for elderly (aged 60+) blacks and whites, over the 1985-90 period. We find that the location of adult children, as well as environmental amenities, affect the migration of both elderly blacks and whites but exert different redistribution influences on each race. Our results support the migration implications of Eugene Litwak's theory of the "modified extended family", which is considered to be more viable than the isolated nuclear family in a modern society.

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  • Kao-Lee Liaw & William H. Frey & Ji-Ping Lin, 2000. "Location of Adult Children as an Attraction for Black and White Elderly Migrants in the United States," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 349, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:qseprr:349

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    1. Ann Miller, 1977. "Interstate migrants in the United States: Some social-economic differences by type of move," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 14(1), pages 1-17, February.
    2. P Kanaroglou & K-L Liaw & Y Y Papageorgiou, 1986. "An Analysis of Migratory Systems: 1. Theory," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 18(7), pages 913-928, July.
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    elderly migrants;

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    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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