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Should there be a more active role of family care assistants in long-term care provision? – survey evidence on the view of German citizens

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  • Ivo Bischoff

    () (University of Kassel)

  • Nataliya Kusa

    () (University of Kassel)

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This paper deals with the public acceptance of policies that pave the way for a more active role of family care assistants in long-term care provision. Family care assistants, i.e. non-relatives providing homecare services in the own private home of the care recipient, provide valuable help for adult children organizing long-term care for their parents. However, their support comes at the price of transferring more family-owned wealth to non-relatives. Based on a survey among German citizens, we provide empirical evidence on the factors that drive the support for a more active role of family care assistants. We find support to be higher among subjects who gave long-term care personally. Monetary self-interest is found to matter. In addition, we find evidence of a clear line of conflict: Citizens with alive parents are more likely to support a more active role of family care assistants than citizens whose parents are dead.

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  • Ivo Bischoff & Nataliya Kusa, 2016. "Should there be a more active role of family care assistants in long-term care provision? – survey evidence on the view of German citizens," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201642, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
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    Keywords

    long-term care; intergenerational transfers; citizens’ preferences; inheritance taxation; filial responsibility;

    JEL classification:

    • H27 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Other Sources of Revenue
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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