Children and the elderly: Divergent paths for America’s dependents

@article{Preston1984ChildrenAT,
  title={Children and the elderly: Divergent paths for America’s dependents},
  author={Samuel H. Preston},
  journal={Demography},
  year={1984},
  volume={21},
  pages={435-457}
}
Let me summarize briefly. My argument is that we have made a set of private and public choices that have dramatically altered the age profile of well-being. These choices are in an important sense joint ones involving the number of dependents we have as well as the conditions in which they live. This jointness derives from several sources. One is that the same institution--the conjugal family--remains the principal agent responsible for both childbearing and childrearing. Factors that influence… CONTINUE READING
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