Informal care and labour force participation among middle-aged women in Spain
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Research GroupGrupo de I+D en Economía, Políticas Públicas y Salud
Knowledge AreaEconomía Aplicada
SponsorsThe authors wish to thank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (Instituto de Estudios Fiscales) for financial support. David Casado also acknowledges the support of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science through project SEC2003-045/ECO, while Ángel López and Pilar García do so with regard to projects SEJ2005- 09104-C02-02 and SEJ2005-08783-C04-01.
PublisherUniversidad Pompeu Fabra. Departamento de Economía y Empresa
Bibliographic CitationCASADO MARÍN, David, GARCÍA GÓMEZ, PILAR, LÓPEZ NICOLÁS, Ángel. Informal care and labour force participation among middle-aged women in Spain. Working Paper,1023: 28 p. Marzo 2007.
La participación femenina en trabajos de fuerza
Modelos de datos de panel
Tendencia al desgaste
Female labour force participation
Panel data models
European Community Household Panel (ECHP)
Panel de Hogares de la Comunidad Europea
Informal care is today the form of support most commonly used by those who need other people in order to carry out certain activities that are considered basic (eating, dressing, taking a shower, etc.), in Spain and in most other countries in the region. The possible labour opportunity costs incurred by these informal carers, the vast majority of whom are middle-aged women, have not as yet been properly quantified in Spain. It is, however, crucially important to know these quantities at a time when public authorities appear to be determined to extend the coverage offered up to now as regards long-term care. In this context, we use the Spanish subsample of the European Community Household Panel (1994- 2001) to estimate a dynamic ordered probit and so attempt to examine the effects of various types of informal care on labour behaviour. The results obtained indicate the existence of labour opportunity costs for those women who live with the dependent person they care for, but not ...
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