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Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP1992-04 or SIPP-WP-163
A. Speare, Jr. and R. Avery
Component ID: #ti60121386


While previous research has assumed that older persons who live with adult children do so because of their Poverty or disability, some recent evidence suggests that many of these extended households primarily benefit the child. This paper attempts to provide a better understanding of the relative contributions Of Parents and adult children who live together through detailed analysis Of data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). We find unmarried children tend to benefit more and contribute less to extended households married children. Similarly, unmarried parents benefit more from living with children than married Parents. Results of logistic regression showed that financial need and need for assistance with activities of daily living were important determinants of coresidence for both unmarried children and unmarried parents. Controlling need, racial and ethnic minorities were more likely to live in extended families than non-Hispanic whites.

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