Document Type

Working Paper

Date

4-1999

Language

English

Funder(s)

National Institute on Aging

Funding ID

P20-AG12837

Series

Aging Studies Program Paper Series

Disciplines

Economic Policy | Economics | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy

Description/Abstract

In this work we analyze the living arrangements of elderly unmarried women in Italy. We use data from three surveys, collected in 1990, 1994, and 1995 by the Italian statistical agency ISTAT. We consider unmarried women aged 65 and older, and three household types (living alone, with children, or with others), taking into account the availability of children with whom they might share a household. During this period the percentage of elderly living alone fell slightly. We investigate these patterns with a structural analysis based on multinomial models. Results indicate that some individual variables (living in southern Italy, health status) have lost their significance in explaining the probability of living with children or with other persons. We conclude that, in contrast to the past, when there was an emphasis on the mother’s dependency in coresidence, choices in living arrangements in Italy seem to reflect the needs of both generations.

ISSN

1084-1695

Additional Information

Aging studies program paper no.19

Source

Local Input

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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