The Impact of Survival Gains to the Duration of Coresidence With Mothers in Brazil

Mariana de Ara├║jo Cunha , Nuffield College, University of Oxford
Cassio M. Turra, Centro de Desenvolvimento e Planejamento Regional (CEDEPLAR)
Simone Wajnman, Cedeplar, UFMG

This paper aims to analyze how the time spent coresiding with own mother throughout the life cycle has changed in Brazil between 1960 and 2010. The methodology was based on the works of Wolfbein (1949), Sullivan (1971) and Ruggles (1986, 1993, 1994). Data from the Brazilian censuses and the National Household Survey were used. The average number of years coresiding with own mother was calculated, showing that time of coresidence with mothers has been growing. A decomposition showed that this growth was both due to higher survival of the individual in question and to an increase in the proportion of people in coresidence at most ages. In addition, the period coresidence rates were decomposed between propensity to coreside and availability of mothers for coresidence. The results showed that the increase in the propensity to coreside during the adult ages was the major cause of the increase in these coresidence rates.

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 Presented in Session 4. Marriage, Family, Households, & Unions