Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35144
Authors: 
Fevang, Elisabeth
Kverndokk, Snorre
Røed, Knut
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3717
Abstract: 
Based on Norwegian register data we show that having a lone parent in the terminal phase of life significantly affects the offspring's labor market activity. The employment propensity declines by around 1 percentage point among sons and 2 percentage points among daughters during the years just prior to the parent's death, ceteris paribus. Long-term sickness absence increases sharply. The probability of being a long-term social security claimant (defined as being a claimant for at least three months during a year) rises with as much as 4 percentage points for sons and 2 percentage points for daughters. After the parent's demise, earnings tend to rise for those still in employment while the employment propensity continues to decline. The higher rate of social security dependency persists for several years.
Subjects: 
Elderly care
labor supply
ageing
inheritance
JEL: 
J14
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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