Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/168427
Authors: 
Hollingsworth, Bruce
Ohinata, Asako
Picchio, Matteo
Walker, Ian
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper 118
Abstract: 
We investigate the impact of a policy reform, which introduced free formal personal care for all those aged 65 and above, on caregiving behaviour. Using a difference-indifferences estimator, we estimate that the free formal care reduced the probability of co-residential informal caregiving by 12.9%. Conditional on giving co-residential care, the mean reduction in the number of informal care hours is estimated to be 1:2 hours per week. The effect is particularly strong among older and less educated caregivers. In contrast to co-residential informal care, we find no change in extraresidential caregiving behaviour. We also observe that the average labour market participation and the number of hours worked increased in response to the policy introduction.
Subjects: 
Long-term elderly care
ageing
financial support
informal caregiving
difference-in-differences
JEL: 
C21
D14
I18
J14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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