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Long‐Term Care: the State, the Market and the Family

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  • PIERRE PESTIEAU
  • MOTOHIRO SATO

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In this paper we study the optimal design of a long term care policy in a setting that includes three types of care to dependent parents: public nursing, private nursing and assistance in time by children. Private nursing can be financed either by financial aid from children or by private insurance. The social planner can use a number of instruments: public nursing, subsidy to aiding children, subsidy to private insurance premiums, all financed by a flat tax on earnings.

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  • Pierre Pestieau & Motohiro Sato, 2008. "Long‐Term Care: the State, the Market and the Family," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 75(299), pages 435-454, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:75:y:2008:i:299:p:435-454
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00615.x
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    JEL classification:

    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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