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Extra Costs for Urban Older People with Disabilities in Northern China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 December 2010

Xiaolin Wang
Affiliation:
International Poverty Reduction Center in China, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100028, China E-mail: wangxl2060@gmail.com
Liping Xu
Affiliation:
International Poverty Reduction Center in China, Beijing, China
Xiaoyuan Shang
Affiliation:
Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Ping Guo
Affiliation:
China Research Center on Aging, Beijing

Abstract

This paper uses the living standards method to estimate the extra costs for older people with functional disabilities in urban areas in Northern China. The research finds that the cost for older people who live alone is higher than those who live with other family members, and their living standard is lower. The costs increase with the age, especially for the oldest old people who live alone. The cost for older women is higher than their male counterparts. The extra costs of support for people with functional disabilities decrease the overall living standard of the household.

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Themed Section on Moving towards Human Rights Based Social Policies in China
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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010

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