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Heitmueller, A.

The chicken or the egg? Endogeneity in labour market participation of informal carers in England

Around 14% of the UK labour force has informal care responsibilities and almost everyone in society will be an informal carer in their lifetime. A well-known fact in the small economic literature on informal care is the apparent negative relation between care responsibilities and labour market participation. Yet, caring and labour market participation may be endogenous.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

The earnings of informal carers: Wage differentials and opportunity costs

A substantial proportion of working age individuals in Britain are looking after sick, disabled or elderly people, often combining their work and caring responsibilities. Previous research has shown that informal care is linked with substantial opportunity costs for the individual due to forgone wages as a result of non-labour market participation. In this paper we show that informal carers exhibit further disadvantages even when participating.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:08