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Intergenerational Transfers in the Era of HIV/AIDS: Evidence from Rural Malawi

Iliana V. Kohler, Hans-Peter Kohler, Philip Anglewicz and Jere Behrman
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Iliana V. Kohler: University of Pennsylvania
Hans-Peter Kohler: University of Pennsylvania
Philip Anglewicz: Tulane University

Demographic Research, 2012, vol. 27, issue 27, 775-834

Abstract: Intergenerational transfer patterns in sub-Saharan Africa are poorly understood, despite the alleged importance of support networks to ameliorate the complex implications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on families. We estimate the age patterns and the multiple directions of transfer flows in rural Malawi---from prime-aged respondents to their elderly parents and adult children age 15+. Our findings include that: (1) financial net transfers are strongly age-patterned and the middle generations are net-providers of transfers; (2) non-financial transfers are based on mutual assistance rather than reallocation of resources; and (3) intergenerational transfers are generally not related to health status, including HIV+ status.

Keywords: age patterns of transfers; intergenerational transfers; Malawi; MLSFH; SSA; transfer flows (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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