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The Financial Support for Long-Term Elderly Care and Household Savings Behaviour

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  • Asako OHINATA

    () (University of Leicester, UK, Department of Economics)

  • Matteo PICCHIO

    () (Universit… Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali)

Abstract

We analyse how the financial support for long-term elderly care affects the level of household savings. Using a difference-in-differences estimator, we investigate the 2002 Scottish reform, which introduced free formal personal care for all the elderly aged 65 and above residing in Scotland. Our semiparametric estimation technique allows the policy effects to be flexibly estimated across age groups. We find that the Scottish policy reduced the average household saving by about £7,200. Moreover, the estimated effects are heterogeneous across age groups of the head of household: these effects are particularly strong among those aged between 40 and 60. The largest effect is observed at age 49 with the reduction in the average household saving by £12,764.
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  • Asako OHINATA & Matteo PICCHIO, 2015. "The Financial Support for Long-Term Elderly Care and Household Savings Behaviour," Working Papers 411, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
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    1. Hollingsworth, Bruce & Ohinata, Asako & Picchio, Matteo & Walker, Ian, 2017. "Labour Supply and Informal Care Supply: The Impacts of Financial Support for Long-Term Elderly Care," IZA Discussion Papers 10988, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    Long-term elderly care; ageing; difference-in-difference; means tested financial support; saving; wealth;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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