Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147389
Authors: 
Costa-i-Font, Joan
Vilaplana, Cristina
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6135
Abstract: 
We study the effect of further public caregiving subsidies (and insurance expansions to cover long-term care) on savings and saving behaviour. Specifically, weexamine the unique progressive introduction of a universal public long-term care subsidy (Sistema para la Autonomía y Atención a la Dependencia, SAAD) in Spain. We draw on a difference-in-difference strategy (DID) to show a contraction of savings after the policy intervention, but only among younguer elders who receive primarily cash benefits (unconditional caregiving allowance) as opposed to home help (ranging between 13% and 38% of the subsidy ammount). Saving reductions of individuals in the second and third quintile of income distribution, those without children and those residing in regions that implemented the reform earlier, drive the effect.
Subjects: 
long-term care insurance
savings
saving behaviour
long term care services and support
universalisation
Spain
JEL: 
I18
D14
G22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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