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Is the welfare state in need of caregiving? Labor supply effects for informal caregivers in Sweden

Törneke, Sofia LU (2015) NEKN01 20151
Department of Economics
Abstract
This paper estimates labor supply effects for informal caregivers in Sweden using four waves of the SHARE data panel. To give daily or weekly care to a parent, step parent or parent in law is found to be more common among women than among men and is associated with lower employment probability for daily caregivers although the causal direction of the relationship is unclear. No negative effect of caregiving is found on working hours. Further, no support is found for the hypothesis that reduced availability of public eldercare in Sweden has caused labor market consequences for caregivers to become more severe over time. The results from this paper raise the question if the substitution of public eldercare with informal care in Sweden has... (More)
This paper estimates labor supply effects for informal caregivers in Sweden using four waves of the SHARE data panel. To give daily or weekly care to a parent, step parent or parent in law is found to be more common among women than among men and is associated with lower employment probability for daily caregivers although the causal direction of the relationship is unclear. No negative effect of caregiving is found on working hours. Further, no support is found for the hypothesis that reduced availability of public eldercare in Sweden has caused labor market consequences for caregivers to become more severe over time. The results from this paper raise the question if the substitution of public eldercare with informal care in Sweden has caused caregivers to carry the double load of both market work and caring responsibilities and which consequences this will have for gender inequality in the long run. (Less)
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author
Törneke, Sofia LU
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organization
course
NEKN01 20151
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Infomal caregiving, Labor economics, female labor force participation
language
English
id
7793284
date added to LUP
2015-09-10 15:23:33
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2015-09-10 15:23:33
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  abstract     = {This paper estimates labor supply effects for informal caregivers in Sweden using four waves of the SHARE data panel. To give daily or weekly care to a parent, step parent or parent in law is found to be more common among women than among men and is associated with lower employment probability for daily caregivers although the causal direction of the relationship is unclear. No negative effect of caregiving is found on working hours. Further, no support is found for the hypothesis that reduced availability of public eldercare in Sweden has caused labor market consequences for caregivers to become more severe over time. The results from this paper raise the question if the substitution of public eldercare with informal care in Sweden has caused caregivers to carry the double load of both market work and caring responsibilities and which consequences this will have for gender inequality in the long run.},
  author       = {Törneke, Sofia},
  keyword      = {Infomal caregiving,Labor economics,female labor force participation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Is the welfare state in need of caregiving? Labor supply effects for informal caregivers in Sweden},
  year         = {2015},
}