Modelling the influence of caring for the elderly on migration

Estimates and evidence from Indonesia

Anu Rammohan*, Elisabetta Magnani

*Corresponding author for this work

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In a society where children are expected to support the elderly, the ill health of an elderly parent is likely to influence an individual's propensity to migrate. Using data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey, we examine the manner in which the responsibility to care for an elderly parent who is in poor health affects the migration decisions of working-age adults. Our analysis suggests that individuals will be less likely to migrate if they have elderly parents who are in poor health. These findings are robust to specifications using alternative measures of poor health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-420
Number of pages22
JournalBulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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