Living Arrangements of the Elderly in China: Evidence from CHARLS

36 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2011

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Xiaoyan Lei

Peking University - CCER

John Strauss

University of Southern California - Department of Economics

Meng Tian

Peking University

Yaohui Zhao

Peking University

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Date Written: July 7, 2011

Abstract

Recent increases in Chinese elderly living alone or only with a spouse has raised concerns about elderly support, especially when public support is inadequate. However, using rich information from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, this paper finds that the increasing trend in living alone is accompanied with a rise in living close to each other. This type of living arrangement solves the conflicts between privacy/independence and family support. This is confirmed in further investigation: children living close by visit their parents more frequently. It also finds that children who live far away provide a larger amount of net transfers to their parents, a result consistent with responsibility sharing among siblings. Having more children is associated with living with a child or having a child nearby, while investing more in a child’s schooling is associated with greater net transfers to parents.

Keywords: living arrangement, coresidence, proximity of children, CHARLS

Suggested Citation

Lei, Xiaoyan and Strauss, John and Tian, Meng and Zhao, Yaohui, Living Arrangements of the Elderly in China: Evidence from CHARLS (July 7, 2011). RAND Working Paper Series WR- 866. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1923988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1923988

Xiaoyan Lei (Contact Author)

Peking University - CCER ( email )

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John Strauss

University of Southern California - Department of Economics ( email )

306A Kaprielian Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Meng Tian

Peking University ( email )

No. 38 Xueyuan Road
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

Yaohui Zhao

Peking University ( email )

Department of Economics
Beijing 100871
China

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