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Short- and Medium-Term Effects of Informal Care Provision on Health

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  • Hendrik Schmitz
  • Matthias Westphal

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This paper estimates the effect of informal care provision on female caregiver's health. We use data from the German Socio-economic Panel and assess effects up to seven years after care provision. A simulation-based sensitivity analysis scrutinizes the sensitivity of the results with respect to potential deviations from the conditional independence assumption in the regression adjusted matching approach. The results suggest that there is a considerable short-term effect of informal care provision on mental health which fades out over time. Five years after care provision there are no significant effects left. Both short- and medium-term effects on physical health aremuch smaller and insignificant throughout.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 569.

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Length: 29 p.
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp569

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Keywords: Informal Care; Regression Adjusted Matching; Propensity Score Matching; Mental Health; Physical Healt;

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