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Informal Care and Labor Supply

  • Fevang, Elisabeth

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)

  • Kvrendokk, Snorre

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)

  • Røed, Knut


    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)

Based on Norwegian register data we show that having a lone parent in the terminal phase of life significantly affects the offspring’s labor market activity. The employment propen-sity declines by around 1 percentage point among sons and 2 percentage points among daughters during the years just prior to the parent’s death, ceteris paribus. Long-term sickness absence increases sharply. The probability of being a long-term social security claimant (defined as being a claimant for at least three months during a year) rises with as much as 4 percentage points for sons and 2 percentage points for daughters. After the par-ent’s demise, earnings tend to rise for those still in employment while the employment propensity continues to decline. The higher rate of social security dependency persists for several years.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme in its series HERO On line Working Paper Series with number 2008:8.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 02 Jun 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:oslohe:2008_008
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