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Payoff of having children - Do elderly parents of more children live in a nursing home less often?

Author: Bc. Katarína Gömöryová
Year: 2021 - summer
Leaders: PhDr. Jana Votápková Ph.D.
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 63
Awards and prizes: Nomination Deloitte Outstanding Thesis Award.
Abstract: This thesis examines how having children impacts the probability of
elderly parents to be placed in a nursing home using logit models. Three
alternative dependent variables are tested - admission regardless of length,
long-term and short-term residency. Additional regressors include
demographics, living arrangements, health status, social network,
functional and cognitive limitations andjobsituation. Theresultsshowthat
residential proximity of children affects each type of institutionalisation.
The number of childrenwasimportantforthe overall admissionsregardless
of length and short-term stays in a nursing home when size of the
household was considered. It was never significant in case of long-term
stayers. When partners shared a household together, the number of
children did not play a significant role in any type of nursing home
placement. In a robustness check, the number of grandchildren replaced
the number of children. It wassignificant in case of admissions and shortterm residency even though elderly partners shared one household.
Therefore, our results implicate that social policy should be focused on
attracting younger cohorts to stay in areas densely populated by the


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