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WHO CARES FOR THE CARERS? THE IMPACTS OF IMMIGRANT ELDERLY CARE WORKERS ON THE FEMALE LABOUR SUPPLY

Giulia Bettin, Isabella Giorgetti and Stefano Staffolani

No 444, Working Papers from Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali

Abstract: We analyse how the availability of immigrant workers in the elderly care sector affects the labour force participation of Italian females aged between 45 and 65. We estimate a selection bias correction model and exploit an IV strategy based on the role of migration networks in determining the geographical distribution of immigrants over time. Our main findings show that the local availability of foreign–born caregivers has a positive impact on the number of hours worked by Italian women, especially those with high–educational levels and living in the Northern regions. The effect on participation rates are instead positive and significant only for low–educated women and for women living in Central Italy.

Keywords: Keywords: immigration; female labour supply; elderly care services (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C26 F22 J22 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43
Date: 2019-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-eur, nep-int, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ore
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