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How well do children insure parents against low retirement income? An analysis using survey data from urban China

Cai, Fang; Giles, John; Meng, Xin


As population aging becomes more pronounced in the developing world, the uneven implementation of social safety nets raises important questions as to how well traditional family-based mechanisms insure elderly incomes when pension systems fail. Using a unique dataset from a recent household survey conducted in urban China, we find evidence that private transfers respond to low household income of retired workers when income falls below the poverty line. This finding is consistent with an...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Public Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2006.03.004


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