Economics at your fingertips  

Careful in the Crisis? Determinants of Older People's Informal Care Receipt in Crisis‐Struck European Countries

Joan Costa‐Font, Martin Karlsson and Henning Øien
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Joan Costa-i-Font

Health Economics, 2016, vol. 25, issue S2, 25-42

Abstract: Macroeconomic downturns can have an important impact on the receipt of informal and formal long‐term care, because recessions increase the number of unemployed and affect net wealth. This paper investigates how the market for informal care changed during and after the Great Recession in Europe, with particular focus on the determinants of care receipt. We use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, which includes a rich set of variables covering waves before and after the Great Recession. We find evidence of an increase in the availability of informal care after the economic downturn when controlling for year and country fixed effects. This trend is mainly driven by changes in care provision of individuals not cohabiting with the care recipient. We also find evidence of several determinants of informal care receipt changing during the crisis – such as physical needs, personal wealth, and household structures. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Date: 2016
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (12)

Downloads: (external link)

Related works:
Working Paper: Careful in the crisis? Determinants of older people's informal care receipt in crisis-struck European countries (2016) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

Health Economics is currently edited by Alan Maynard, John Hutton and Andrew Jones

More articles in Health Economics from John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Wiley Content Delivery ().

Page updated 2024-03-31
Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:25:y:2016:i:s2:p:25-42