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Effect of Caregiving on Employment for Retiring Japanese Individuals

Tomoki Kitamura (), Yoshimi Adachi () and Toshiyuki Uemura ()
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Tomoki Kitamura: Finance Research Group, NLI-Research Institute
Yoshimi Adachi: Department of Economics, Konan University
Toshiyuki Uemura: School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University

No 158, Discussion Paper Series from School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University

Abstract: We examined employment and caregiving behavior at retiring age in Japan, considering the marital status, living-with-parent status, spouse employment, spouse income, and net financial assets. We found that the labor participation rate for caregiving married females living with parents was lowest when husbands work full-time, indicating that opportunity cost is an important factor. Net financial assets had a mixed impact. For married female caregivers, a lower amount of net financial assets decreases the labor participation rate. This tendency is reversed for married males. We also found that a flexible work style prevents a fall in labor participation rate due to caregiving. The government should introduce policies for drastic improvement in balancing nursing care and employment.

Keywords: Elderly caregiving; labor participation rate; retirement; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 I10 J14 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age and nep-lab
Date: 2017-02, Revised 2017-02
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