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Schmitz, Hendrik

New Evidence on Employment Effects of Informal Care Provision in Europe

Objective To estimate how labor force participation is affected when adult children provide informal care to their parents. Data Source Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe from 2004 to 2013. Study Design To offset the problem of endogeneity, we exploit the availability of other potential caregivers within the family as predictors of the probability to provide care for a dependent parent. Contrary to most previous studies, the dataset covers the whole working‐age population in the majority of European countries.

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:09

Informal care and long-term labor market outcomes

In this paper we estimate long-run effects of informal care provision on female caregivers' labor market outcomes up to eight years after care provision. We compare a static version, where average effects of care provision in a certain year on later labor market outcomes are estimated, to a partly dynamic version where the effects of up to three consecutive years of care provision are analyzed. Our results suggest that there are significant initial negative effects of informal care provision on the probability to work full-time.

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:39

Short- and medium-term effects of informal care provision on female caregivers’ health

In this paper, we present estimates of the effect of informal care provision on female caregivers' health. We use data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and assess effects up to seven years after care provision. The results suggest that there is a considerable negative short-term effect of informal care provision on mental health which fades out over time. Five years after care provision the effect is still negative but smaller and insignificant. Both short- and medium-term effects on physical health are virtually zero throughout.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10