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The role of culture in long-term care arrangement decisions

Elena Gentili, Giuliano Masiero () and Fabrizio Mazzonna ()

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2017, vol. 143, issue C, 186-200

Abstract: In this paper, we show how and to what extent cultural factors may influence the LTC market and elderly living arrangements. Using a spatial regression discontinuity design, we exploit the within-state variation in language groups in Switzerland to provide evidence about cultural differences in LTC use. We show that elderly people residing in regions speaking a Latin language (French, Italian and Romansh) enter nursing homes in worse health conditions and rely more on home-based care compared to elderly people residing in the neighboring German regions. Differences in the strength of family ties across linguistic groups represent the most reasonable explanation for such differences.

Keywords: Long-term care; Culture; Spatial RDD (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 I18 C26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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