Informal Care and Caregiver's Health

32 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2013

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Young Kyung Do

Department of Health Policy and Management, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Institute of Health Policy and Management, Seoul National University Medical Research Center

Edward C. Norton

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Sally C. Stearns

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Health Policy & Management

Courtney Van Houtven

Duke University

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

This study aims to measure the causal effect of informal caregiving on the health and health care use of women who are caregivers, using instrumental variables. We use data from South Korea, where daughters and daughters-in-law are the prevalent source of caregivers for frail elderly parents and parents-in-law. A key insight of our instrumental variable approach is that having a parent-in-law with functional limitations increases the probability of providing informal care to that parent-in-law, but a parent-in-law's functional limitation does not directly affect the daughter-in-law's health. We compare results for the daughter-in-law and daughter samples to check the assumption of the excludability of the instruments for the daughter sample. Our results show that providing informal care has significant adverse effects along multiple dimensions of health for daughter-in-law and daughter caregivers in South Korea.

Suggested Citation

Do, Young Kyung and Norton, Edward C. and Stearns, Sally C. and Van Houtven, Courtney, Informal Care and Caregiver's Health (June 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19142. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2282982

Young Kyung Do (Contact Author)

Department of Health Policy and Management, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Institute of Health Policy and Management, Seoul National University Medical Research Center ( email )

103 Daehak-ro Jongno-gu
Seoul, 110-799
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Edward C. Norton

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Sally C. Stearns

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Health Policy & Management ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States

Courtney Van Houtven

Duke University ( email )

100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

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