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Frontiers of Economics in China

Front Econ Chin    2012, Vol. 7 Issue (1) : 122-140
Children's Migration Decisions and Elderly Support in China: Evidences from CHARLS Pilot Data
Meng Tian()
China Center for Economic Research, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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The purpose of this paper is to explain the determinants of migration in China with special concern for elderly support based on evidences from China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) pilot data. We find parents’ needs for care significantly affect adult children’s participation in migrant labor market. Joint family decisions have also been made among adult siblings as far as elderly support is concerned. Different patterns of migrant labor force participation in Zhejiang and Gansu provinces largely reflect the differences between their respective migrant labor markets. Understanding of these new patterns of China’s internal migration helps policy makers in China and other developing counties formulate effective social policies, and consequently, a more appropriate urbanization path.

Keywords migration      elderly support      joint family decisions      China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS)     
Corresponding Author(s): Meng Tian,   
Issue Date: 05 March 2012
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Meng Tian. Children's Migration Decisions and Elderly Support in China: Evidences from CHARLS Pilot Data[J]. Front Econ Chin, 2012, 7(1): 122-140.
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