In several sub-Saharan African countries, social security, pension and public health systems, essential for wellbeing, are insufficient or non-existent. In these conditions, family acts as the main provider of support for elders though coresidence with non-dependent adult and intergenerational transfers (financial and material) from non-coresident. This paper examines these forms of support in order to understand how living alone or only with their spouse, rather than coresiding with non-dependent adult children influence the receipt of intergenerational financial/material transfers to older people in a SSA country such as Senegal. Using the first and second round of Poverty and Family Structure Survey, a national survey carried out in 2006 and 2010, we estimate a recursive bivariate probit model with simultaneous equations in order to reduce possible endogeneity bias. This study aims to contribute to the emerging literature on intergenerational relationships in SSA context.
Presented in Session 4. Marriage, Family, Households, & Unions