IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Aider un parent âgé se fait-il au détriment de l’emploi ?

  • Fontaine, Roméo

To reduce the potential burden of the ageing population on public finances, the European Council set EU member states the target of increasing the senior employment rate. Considering that seniors play a major role in caring for dependent elderly people, it is appropriate to ask whether a policy aimed at extending the working lives of seniors is compatible with a policy to support informal care for elderly people. Won’t informal care decrease if the senior employment rate rises ?Or, looking at it from the opposite angle, won’t shifting the burden of care for elderly people to families hamper growth in senior employment ? In order to answer these questions, this article proposes a quantitative study based on data from SHARE (Wave 2). The analysis first identifies differences between European countries with respect to care that seniors provide to their elderly single parents : caring for an elderly parent is more frequent in northern Europe than in southern Europe, but the care provided by senior carers is far more “intensive” in southern Europe. Countries in continental and eastern Europe occupy an intermediate position. An econometric assessment of the trade-off between elder care and employment also shows that spending more than one hour per day on average helping an elderly single parent reduces the probability of having a job in southern and eastern Europe, where public support for dependency is more limited, whereas this does not seem to have a significant impact in northern and continental Europe.

To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/12530.

in new window

Date of creation: 2009
Date of revision:
Publication status: Published in Retraite et société, 2009, no. 58. pp. 31-61.Length: 30 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/12530
Contact details of provider: Web page:

More information through EDIRC

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/12530. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Alexandre Faure)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.