Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/92668
Authors: 
Kohara, Miki
Ohtake, Fumio
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 670
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes what adult children would do for their parents were they frail and in need of long-term care. Focusing on the special case of parents' illness, the paper then investigates altruism in Japanese children. Descriptive statistics show that about 30% of adult children living separately from their parents provide long-term in-home care, which suggests that a significant number of Japanese children supply care. However, detailed examination reveals that this parental care is not motivated entirely by altruism. We show that children provide parental care when their parents are wealthy enough to meet the costs of nursing.
Subjects: 
Altruism
Informal Parental Care
Within-family Money and Time Transfers
Home Production
JEL: 
D12
D13
J14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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