Household extension of the elderly in China

Household extension of the elderly in China Using data from a 1987 elderly survey, this study examines demographic and socioeconomic characteristics as well as expressed preferences for the patrilineal extended family as factors affecting coresidence among Chinese elderly. Consistent with expectations, three quarters of the elderly live with their children and the overwhelming majority of extended households are with a married son and grandchildren. This study contributes to the literature on Asian developing nations by illustrating the role of a government supported pension system in explaining prior perplexing results for urbanization, by documenting the role of preferences for the patrilineal extended family and by exploring earlier suggestions that factors vary by marital status. The greater vulnerability of widowed elderly is shown not only by higher rates of coresidence, but also by interactive effects with economic resources, age and number of sons. Population Research and Policy Review Springer Journals

Household extension of the elderly in China

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Geography; Demography; Economic Policy; Population Economics
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