Selection of Children to Provide Care: The effect of earlier parental transfers

TitleSelection of Children to Provide Care: The effect of earlier parental transfers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsHenretta, JC, Hill, MS, Li, W, Soldo, BJ, Wolf, DA
JournalThe Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Call Numberpubs_1997_Henretta_JJGSeriesB.pdf
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare, Income, Methodology, Other

We use the first wave of data from the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) study to examine the effects of past parent-to-child financial transfers on selection of a child to provide assistance with basic personal care for unmarried parents. We estimate a fixed-effects conditional logit model and find a positive and significant association between past financial transfers and a child's current helping behavior. The coefficient of past financial transfers is in the direction hypothesized, and its magnitude is 80 as large as that of gender, a well-documented powerful predictor of parental caregiving. There appears to be substantial evidence that earlier parent-to-child financial gifts play a role in determining which child in the family will provide assistance.

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Caregivers/Family/Female/Frail Elderly/Human/Income/Models, Theoretical/Parent Child Relations/Support, U.S. Government--PHS

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Citation Key6579