Ageing International

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 142–158 | Cite as

Family Support and Elderly Well-being in China: Evidence from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study

  • Daniel LaFaveEmail author


Rapid demographic change, economic growth, and evolving social norms have put increasing pressure on the traditional system of filial piety and family-based eldercare in China. This paper examines the current role of intergenerational transfers in providing old-age support using nationally representative data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. The analysis explores varied modes of care that exist in rural and urban areas, as well as the role of internal migration in influencing methods of old-age support. The results paint a rich description of the contemporary dynamics between filial obligations and economic development.


Aging Family support Well-being China Intergenerational transfers 



This paper has benefited greatly from discussions with Hong Zhang and Jeanne Shea.

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As there is no person or personal data appearing in the paper, there is no one from whom a permission should be obtained in order to publish personal data.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Economics, East Asian, and Global StudiesColby CollegeWatervilleUSA

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