Living Arrangements of the Aged in Comparative Historical Perspective

Steven Ruggles
This paper exploits a vast collection of newly-available census data from 92 censuses of 29 countries around the world between 1850 and 2006. My goal is to begin to systematically assess cross-temporal and cross-national variation in the living arrangements of the aged. The family patterns of the aged are relevant to the European exceptionalism hypothesis. All things being equal, one would expect that populations with weak nuclear family systems and neolocal marriage would have a...
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