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The economics of long-term care: a survey

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  • CREMER, Helmuth
  • PESTIEAU, Pierre
  • PONTHIERE, Grégory

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This paper surveys recent theoretical economic research on long term care (LTC). LTC differs from health care: it is about nursing; it is mostly provided by unpaid caregivers (mainly spouses and children), whereas both the market and the State play a modest role. The future of LTC appears to be gloomy: sustained population ageing and recent societal trends (e.g., children's mobility, changes in family values) generate a mounting demand on the State and on the market to provide alternatives to the family. In this paper, we review these causes, and the extent to which we can expect them to fade away in the future. We then turn to the design of a sustainable public LTC scheme integrating both the market and the family.
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  • CREMER, Helmuth & PESTIEAU, Pierre & PONTHIERE, Grégory, 2012. "The economics of long-term care: a survey," LIDAM Reprints CORE 2466, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvrp:2466
    DOI: 10.6027/TN2013-514
    Note: In : Nordic Economic Policy Review, 2/2012? 107-148, 2012
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