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Health effects of caring for and about parents and spouses

Judith Bom, Pieter Bakx, Frederik Schut and Eddy Van Doorslaer ()

The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 2019, vol. 14, issue C

Abstract: Informal caregiving is a potentially attractive alternative to formal care but may entail health costs for the caregiver. We examine the mental and physical health impact of providing informal care and disentangle the caregiving effect – the effect of caring for someone in need – from the family effect – the effect of caring about someone in need. We account for the main sources of endogeneity in the caregiving decision using Arellano-Bond difference GMM models. We use four waves (2010–2013) of panel data from the Dutch Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation (STREAM).

Keywords: Long-term care; Informal care; Caregiver effect; Family effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J14 I10 J18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jeoa.2019.100196

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