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Informal eldercare across Europe: Estimates from the European Community Household Panel

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  • Tarja Viitanen

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)

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This paper uses the European Community Household Panel to analyse the relationship between the dynamics of labour force participation and informal care to the elderly for a sample of 20-59 year old women across 13 European countries. The analysis has two focal points: the relative contributions of state dependence as well as observed and unobserved heterogeneity in explaining the dynamics in female labour force participation and the existence and consequences of non-random attrition from the panel. The results indicate positive state dependence in labour force participation in all 13 EU countries used in the analysis. The share of unobserved heterogeneity accounts for between 45% and 86% of the total variation in labour force participation. Informal care-giving is found to have a significant, negative impact on the probability of employment only in Germany. However, analysis for different sub-groups indicates that the impact is largest for the middle age women and also for single women in several EU countries.

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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): 40 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 149-178

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Keywords: informal elderly care; female labour force participation; dynamic binary response models; ECHP; attrition bias;

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Cited by:
  1. Evelyn Korn & Matthias Wrede, 2012. "The Effect of Long-Term-Care Subsidies on Female Labor Supply and Fertility," CESifo Working Paper Series 3931, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Evelyn Korn & Matthias Wrede, 2012. "The effect of long term subsidies on female labor supply and fertility," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201243, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  3. Drinkwater, Stephen, 2011. "Informal Caring and Labour Market Outcomes Within England and Wales," IZA Discussion Papers 5877, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Hohmeyer, Katrin & Kopf, Eva & Fiebig, Mareike & Grüttner, Michael, 2012. "Pflegetätigkeiten von Personen in Haushalten mit Arbeitslosengeld-II-Bezug : eine deskriptive Betrachtung," IAB-Forschungsbericht 201210, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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