Does Coresidence Improve an Elderly Parent’s Health?
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - ARC Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing Research
August 26, 2011
UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2011 ECON 08
It is generally believed that intergenerational coresidence by elderly parents and adult children provides security for parents in their old age. In many countries, such intergenerational coresidence is the most common living arrangement. Using a nationally-representative dataset and a program evaluation technique that accounts for endogenous and heterogeneous treatment effects, we find robust evidence of a negative coresidence effect, contrary to the popular belief. The unintended adverse effect on parental health has significant implications for future informal care policies, given that coresidence is expected to remain the primary form of old age security in the foreseeable future.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 53
Keywords: intergenerational coresidence, elderly, heath, treatment effects
JEL Classification: I12, J1, C31working papers series
Date posted: August 26, 2011 ; Last revised: September 18, 2012
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