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Nonprofit/For-Profit Status and Earning Differentials in the Japanese At-home Elderly Care Industry: Evidence from Micro-level Data on Home Helpers and Staff Nurses

Haruko Noguchi and Satoshi Shimizutani ()

Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series from Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: In April 2000, Japan embarked on a reform of its health care market. Along with the introduction of the long-term care insurance scheme, the government for the first time allowed for-profit operators to compete head-on with non-profit operators in the provision of at-home care services. Taking advantage of a unique and rich micro-level survey, this study is the first to examine wage differentials between the nonprofit and the for-profit sector in Japan's nursing care industry, concentrating on home helpers and staff nurses. Controlling for nonrandom unobserved selection biases, our results show that a nonprofit wage premium exists. This finding supports the hypothesis that nonprofit providers operate under non-distributional constraints.

Keywords: Japanese long-term care insurance; long-term care; nursing home; home helpers; staff nurses; nonprofit wage premium; quality of care; Heckman's two-stage approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea and nep-sea
Date: 2005-02
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