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Une analyse microéconomique du gage patrimonial dans l'aide aux personnes dépendantes


  • Sophie P. Thiébaut
  • Bruno Ventelou
  • Cecilia García-Peñalosa
  • Alain Trannoy


This paper examines the possible reform of the system of aid to dependent individuals (apa), a reform aimed at recovering the subsidies awarded from the individual’s bequest. We develop a theoretical model with a dependent parent and an offspring that can potentially act as informal carer. The parent decides how much formal aid to buy, while the offspring decides how much informal care to provide to her parent. The model is solved for three cases: no altruism, altruism from bequests (towards a surviving spouse or offspring), and altruism towards the parent. We show that recovering the subsidy from the bequest increases the amount of informal aid supplied by a non-altruist offspring, while the versions with altruism yield ambiguous results. Classification JEL : D11, D3

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  • Sophie P. Thiébaut & Bruno Ventelou & Cecilia García-Peñalosa & Alain Trannoy, 2012. "Une analyse microéconomique du gage patrimonial dans l'aide aux personnes dépendantes," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 63(2), pages 339-372.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_632_0339

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    1. Barnay, Thomas & Juin, Sandrine, 2016. "Does home care for dependent elderly people improve their mental health?," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 149-160.
    2. Thomas Barnay & Sandrine Juin, 2014. "Does care to dependent elderly people living at home increase their mental health?," TEPP Working Paper 2014-06, TEPP.

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    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution


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