Long-Term Care Insurance and Carers’ Labor Supply

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Johannes Geyer

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Thorben Korfhage

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Date Written: November 9, 2014

Abstract

In Germany, individuals in need of long-term care receive support through benefits of the long-term care insurance. A central goal of the insurance is to support informal care provided by family members. Care recipients can choose between benefits in kind (formal home care services) and benefits in cash. From a budgetary perspective family care is a cost-saving alternative to formal home care and to stationary nursing care. However, the opportunity costs resulting from reduced labor supply of the carer are often overlooked. We focus on the labor supply decision of family carers and the incentives set by the long-term care insurance. We estimate a structural model of labor supply and the choice of benefits of family carers. We find that benefits in kind have small positive effects on labor supply. Labor supply elasticities of cash benefits are larger and negative. If both types of benefits increase, negative labor supply effects are off set to a large extent.

Keywords: labor supply; long-term care; long-term care insurance; structural model

JEL Classification: J22, H31, I13

Suggested Citation

Geyer, Johannes and Korfhage, Thorben, Long-Term Care Insurance and Carers’ Labor Supply (November 9, 2014). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 515, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2562382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2562382

Johannes Geyer

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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Germany

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Thorben Korfhage (Contact Author)

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )

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Essen, 45128
Germany

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