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Careful in the crisis? Determinants of older people's informal care receipt in crisis-struck European countries

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919, Karlsson, Martin and Øien, Henning (2016) Careful in the crisis? Determinants of older people's informal care receipt in crisis-struck European countries. Health Economics, 25 (S2). pp. 25-42. ISSN 1057-9230

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Identification Number: 10.1002/hec.3385


Macroeconomic downturns can have an important impact on the receipt of informal and formal long-term care, since recessions increase the number of unemployed and affect net wealth. This paper investigates how the market for informal care changed during and after the Great Recession in Europe, with particular focus on their various determinants. We use data from the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe, which includes a rich set of variables covering waves before and after the Great Recession. We find evidence of an increase in the availability of informal care after the economic downturn when controlling for year and country fixed effects. This trend is mainly driven by changes in care provision of individuals not cohabiting with the care recipient. We also find evidence of several determinants of informal care receipt changing during the crisis such as physical needs, personal wealth and household structures.

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Additional Information: © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 16:15
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 19:18

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