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The effects of providing eldercare on daughters’ employment and mental health in Japan

Takashi Oshio and Emiko Usui

No 661, CIS Discussion paper series from Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: We examine the association between informal parental care and daughters’ employment and mental health in Japan, using the 2008-2013 waves of the Longitudinal Survey of Middle-aged and Elderly Persons, a large and nationally representative panel survey of middle-aged Japanese people. We find that caregiving reduces the probability of employment by only 2.8 percent, after controlling for time-invariant individual heterogeneity, while caregiving is not associated with either hours or days worked per week for those who are working. We further observe that employment does not increase the psychological distress already experienced by the caregivers as a result of their caregiving role.

Keywords: informal caregiving; employment; work hours; labor supply; mental health; instrumental variable models; fixed-effects models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-05
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