"Raise children to fight against aging": The determinants of elderly wellbeing in today's China

Peng, Congmin and She, Po-Wen (2021) "Raise children to fight against aging": The determinants of elderly wellbeing in today's China. Singapore Economic Review, 66 (6). pp. 1613-1645. ISSN 1793-6837

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1142/s0217590818420031


As the old Chinese saying goes, “raise children against aging” is used to describe the most desirable life arrangement for Chinese elderly people, as it reflects the core idea of filial piety that lies near the heart of the Confucian doctrine regulating society. In a fast-changing economy, are these traditional values still hold for Chinese elderly? Applying the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), we explore the determinants of elderly’s wellbeing in modern China. We have a particular interest in whether living with their children, receiving pecuniary/material transfer or support from children or having more children significantly affects the wellbeing of the elderly. We find that these factors have no significance in affecting the wellbeing of the elderly in China. Furthermore, among the factors significantly determining the wellbeing of Chinese elderly people, pensions and health care are very important, particularly to the elderly in rural areas. Notably, gross domestic product (GDP) level of the province or municipality, where the elderly habitats have a significant impact on elderly’s wellbeing and this echoes with some contemporary research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Wellbeing, happiness, depression, elderly, China, living arrangement, filial piety
Faculty: ARCHIVED Lord Ashcroft International Business School (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 10:18
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2022 16:07
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704799

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