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Labour Market Decisions of Australian Families Coping with Mental and Physical Disabilities

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  • Vecchio, Nerina

    (Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Gold Coast Australia)

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    This paper examines the labour market decisions of family members of individuals afflicted with a disability. The analysis, based on data collected in the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2003, is confined to family members of working age who reside with a person of disability. The investigation segregates by disability (mental and physical), reflecting different resource requirements. The study found that the presence of a mentally disabled family member increased the value of unpaid work of others in the home and reduced their propensity to participate in the labour force. Of families afflicted with a mental disability, females were less likely to participate in the labour force compared to females in other families. Male members of families afflicted with a mental disability were likely to withdraw from the labour market when receiving a government transfer payment – possibly reflecting the limited care resources within these families.

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    Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

    Volume (Year): 37 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 61-76

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    Keywords: Ageing; Disability; Disabled; Families; Family;

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    1. Carmichael, Fiona & Charles, Sue, 1998. "The labour market costs of community care1," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(6), pages 747-765, December.
    2. Liliana E. Pezzin & Barbara Steinberg Schone, 1999. "Intergenerational Household Formation, Female Labor Supply and Informal Caregiving: A Bargaining Approach," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 34(3), pages 475-503.
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