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Long-Term Care Insurance and Family Norms

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  • Chiara Canta

    (UCL - Université Catholique de Louvain)

  • Pierre Pestieau

    (CEPR - Center for Economic Policy Research - CEPR, CORE - Center of Operation Research and Econometrics [Louvain] - UCL - Université Catholique de Louvain, PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

Long-term care (LTC) is mainly provided by the family and subsidiarily by the market and the government. To understand the role of these three institutions, it is important to understand the motives and the working of family solidarity. In this paper, we focus on the case when LTC is provided by children to their dependent parents out of some norm that has been inculcated to them during their childhood by some exemplary behavior of their parents towards their own parents. In the first part, we look at the interaction between the family and the market in providing for LTC. The key parameters are the probability of dependence, the probability of having a norm-abiding child and the loading factor. In the second part, we introduce the government which has a double mission: correct for a prevailing externality and redistribute resources across heterogeneous households.

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Date of creation: Apr 2013
Publication status: Published in B E Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, de Gruyter, 2013, 14 (2), pp.401-428. 〈10.1515/bejeap-2012-0022〉
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01157453
DOI: 10.1515/bejeap-2012-0022
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