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Elderly parent health and the migration decisions of adult children: Evidence from rural China

Elderly parent health and the migration decisions of adult children: Evidence from rural China Recent research has shown that participation in migrant labor markets has led to substantial increases in income for families in rural China. This article addresses the question of how participation is affected by elderly parent health. We find that younger adults are less likely to work as migrants when a parent is ill. Poor health of an elderly parent has less impact on the probability of employment as a migrant when an adult child has siblings who may be available to provide care. We also highlight the potential importance of including information on nonresident family members when studying how parent illness and elder care requirements influence the labor supply decisions of adult children. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Demography Springer Journals

Elderly parent health and the migration decisions of adult children: Evidence from rural China

Demography , Volume 44 (2) – Jan 13, 2011

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Population Association of America
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Demography; Sociology; Population Economics; Medicine/Public Health, general; Geography (general)
ISSN
0070-3370
eISSN
1533-7790
DOI
10.1353/dem.2007.0010
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Abstract

Recent research has shown that participation in migrant labor markets has led to substantial increases in income for families in rural China. This article addresses the question of how participation is affected by elderly parent health. We find that younger adults are less likely to work as migrants when a parent is ill. Poor health of an elderly parent has less impact on the probability of employment as a migrant when an adult child has siblings who may be available to provide care. We also highlight the potential importance of including information on nonresident family members when studying how parent illness and elder care requirements influence the labor supply decisions of adult children.

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DemographySpringer Journals

Published: Jan 13, 2011

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