The Effect of Early Life Health on Later Life Home Care Use: The Mediating Role of Household Composition

32 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2018

See all articles by Govert E. Bijwaard

Govert E. Bijwaard

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI); Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rob Alessie

Utrecht University - School of Economics; VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics

Viola Angelini

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business; Netspar

Abstract

In this paper we estimate the effect of early life health on home care use later in life, and we analyse whether this effect is mediated through household composition. We use Dutch administrative data on men born in 1944-1947 who were examined for military service between 1961-1965 and we link them to national data on non-residential care in the period 2004-2013 and data on house- hold status information for the years 1999-2014. We account for confounding factors that influence both early life health and later life home care use. We also account for selective attrition. Our empirical findings show that general health problems in youth is an important health predictor for later life home care use. A large portion of this effect is an indirect effect running through changes in partnership status.

Keywords: home care use, early life health, inverse propensity weighting, mediation

JEL Classification: I10, C40, C30

Suggested Citation

Bijwaard, Govert and Alessie, R.J.M. (Rob) and Angelini, Viola, The Effect of Early Life Health on Later Life Home Care Use: The Mediating Role of Household Composition. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11729. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3238554

Govert Bijwaard (Contact Author)

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) ( email )

P.O. Box 11650
NL-2502 AR The Hague
Netherlands
+31 70 3565224 (Phone)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
Netherlands

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

R.J.M. (Rob) Alessie

Utrecht University - School of Economics ( email )

Kriekenpitplein 21-22
Adam Smith Building
Utrecht, 3584 EC
Netherlands
31 30 253 9814 (Phone)
31 30 253 7373 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.econ.uu.nl/users/alessie/

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
+31 20 444 6047 (Phone)
+31 20 444 6005 (Fax)

Viola Angelini

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

Postbus 72
9700 AB Groningen
Netherlands

Netspar ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
3
Abstract Views
36
PlumX Metrics