Long-Run Consequences of Informal Elderly Care and Implications of Public Long-Term Care Insurance

SOEPpapers 1051, 50 S.

Thorben Korfhage

2019

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Abstract

In this paper, I estimate a dynamic structural model of labor supply, retirement, and informal care supply, incorporating labor market frictions and the German tax and benefit system. I find that informal elderly care has adverse and persistent effects on labor market outcomes and therefore negatively affects lifetime earnings, future pension benefits, and individuals’ well-being. These consequences of caregiving are heterogeneous and depend on age, previous earnings, and institutional regulations. Policy simulations suggest that, even though fiscally costly, public long-term care insurance can offset the personal costs of caregiving to a large extent – in particular for low-income individuals.



JEL-Classification: I18;I38;J14;J22;J26
Keywords: long-term care; informal care; long-term care insurance; labor supply; retirement; pension benefits; structural model