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Family Structure and Transfer Measures in the Health and Retirement Study: Background and Overview

Beth J. Soldo and Martha S. Hill
The Journal of Human Resources
Vol. 30, Special Issue on the Health and Retirement Study: Data Quality and Early Results (1995), pp. S108-S137
DOI: 10.2307/146280
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/146280
Page Count: 30
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Abstract

This paper describes the rationale for and the measures of family structure and inter-vivos giving in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Of particular interest to the HRS is the extent to which transfers affect the labor supply of donors, especially women. Because all children and parents are individually profiled, HRS data can be used to examine the joint allocation of space, time, and money among competing kin. Data on siblings of respondents with living parents provide further opportunities to consider how adult children distribute the burden of parent care among themselves. Using the baseline HRS, we describe the quality of data on kin attributes and the correlations among family structures, transfers, and work.

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