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Alternative boomerang kids, intergenerational co-residence, and maternal labor supply

Lusi Liao and Sasiwimon Paweenawat
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Lusi Liao: University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce

Review of Economics of the Household, 2022, vol. 20, issue 2, No 11, 609-634

Abstract: Abstract This study investigates the boomerang phenomenon among adult children in Thailand. We estimate the effect of having children on co-residence between parents and adult children using Socio-Economic Survey panel data. We find that adult children who have moved out tend to move back in with their parents after having children to save time and money on childcare. The presence of young children increases the likelihood of intergenerational co-residence by over 30%. This study is the first to provide empirical evidence of alternative boomerang kids in an Asian context, which is distinctive compared with Western countries. The relationship between intergenerational co-residence and the maternal labor supply is also examined using the instrumental variable approach based on the cross-sectional Labor Force Survey, which has data covering over 30 years. Our results show that co-residence increases the female labor supply by 21% and also extend women’s working hours by 10 hours.

Keywords: Boomerang kids; Intergenerational co-residence; Informal childcare; Maternal labor supply; Asia; Thailand; D10; J11; J12; J13; J21; J22; C23; C26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11150-020-09524-9

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