Short- and Medium-Term Effects of Informal Care Provision on Health

32 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2013

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Hendrik Schmitz

University of Duisburg-Essen - Department of Economics and Business Administration

Matthias Westphal

University of Duisburg-Essen

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Date Written: July 31, 2013

Abstract

This paper estimates the effect of informal care provision on female caregiver’s health. We use data from the German Socio-economic Panel and assess effects up to seven years after care provision. A simulation-based sensitivity analysis scrutinizes the sensitivity of the results with respect to potential deviations from the conditional independence assumption in the regression adjusted matching approach. The results suggest that there is a considerable short-term effect of informal care provision on mental health which fades out over time. Five years after care provision there are no significant effects left. Both short- and medium-term effects on physical health are much smaller and insignificant throughout.

Keywords: Informal Care, Regression Adjusted Matching, Propensity Score Matching, Mental Health, Physical Health

JEL Classification: I10, I18, C21, J14

Suggested Citation

Schmitz, Hendrik and Westphal, Matthias, Short- and Medium-Term Effects of Informal Care Provision on Health (July 31, 2013). SOEPpaper No. 569, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2304088 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2304088

Hendrik Schmitz (Contact Author)

University of Duisburg-Essen - Department of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Universitätsstr. 9
Essen, 45141
Germany

Matthias Westphal

University of Duisburg-Essen ( email )

Lotharstrasse 1
Duisburg, 47048
Germany

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