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Informal care, labour force participation and unmet needs for formal care in the EU-27, Croatia and Turkey. ENEPRI Research Report No. 97, November 2011

Prieto, Cristina Vilaplana (2011) Informal care, labour force participation and unmet needs for formal care in the EU-27, Croatia and Turkey. ENEPRI Research Report No. 97, November 2011. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    This study seeks to estimate the effects of problems in labour force participation and unmet needs for formal care on informal caregiving. Using information for 2007 from Eurobarometer 283/Wave 67.3 for the EU-27 and the two candidate countries, Turkey and Croatia, we estimate a trivariate probit model dealing with the potential endogeneity of labour force participation problems and unmet needs for formal care. The results suggest that in the context of labour force participation problems, there is also an increased probability of observing unmet needs for formal care. Yet the effect is not homogenous for all the countries. We distinguish three groups of countries. In the first group, it is as likely that unmet needs for formal care will be observed in the context of labour force participation problems as it is vice versa. In the second group, there is a lower incidence of problems in labour force participation in the presence of unmet needs for formal care, which points to a higher degree of efficiency in the long-term care system or more protective employment regulations. And in the final group there is a high concentration of unmet needs for formal care for the dependents of informal caregivers who experience labour force participation problems; moreover, even in the absence of unmet needs, the informal caregivers still face difficulties in continuing their working lives. This evidence suggests that not only is it necessary to promote favourable conditions for working caregivers but also that shortfalls in long-term care may partially override the success of work-related policies.

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    Item Type: Other
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Caregiver; unmet need; informal care; labour problems.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Turkey
    Countries > Croatia
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market > labour/labor
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > ENEPRI Research Reports
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 08:41
    Number of Pages: 34
    Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 08:41
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32971

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