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A dynamic analysis of informal care and employment in England

Authors

Publication date

2010

Abstract

This paper analyzes dynamics in employment and informal care outcomes of women in England. To this end, we develop a dynamic model to describe pathways leading to a negative correlation between informal care and employment in a cross-section. The model allows for different types of caregiving, correlated permanent unobserved heterogeneity and initial sorting. The model is estimated on data from 6 waves of the BHPS 2000-2005. Our findings suggest modest feedback effects. We find a negative effect of co-residential caregiving on future employment and a negative effect of employment on future co-residential and extra-residential caregiving. We also find evidence of positive state-dependence in caregiving although most of the persistence in such activities is related to unobserved heterogeneity rather than state-dependence.

Published in

Labour Economics

Volume

17 (3):455-465

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2010.01.001

Subjects

Labour Market and Caregiving

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1650556~S5

Notes

Web of Knowledge alert; Previously 'In press, corrected proof' 18 Jan. 2010; Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

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