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The Impact of Elderly Parents on Labour Market Participation of Italian Women

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  • Anna Marenzi

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    (Università dell'Insubria, Varese)

  • Laura Pagani

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    (Università dell'Insubria, Varese)

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We use data from the Bank of Italy's 2000 Survey of House hold Income and Wealth (SHIW) to analyse the empirical relationship between Italian female labour market participation and intergenerational family links. The paper focuses in particular on the twofold care-demanding and care-giving role of elderly relatives in explaining the work patterns of women. Our estimates show that the probability of participation is lower for women who de­dicate time to caring for elderly parents and that informal help provided by seniors strongly encourages female participation. The positive effect of elderly parents support on participation is particularly relevant for women with pre-school children.

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Article provided by SIPI Spa in its journal Rivista di Politica Economica.

Volume (Year): 95 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (March-April)
Pages: 155-190

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