Public Investment in Home Health Care in the United States during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Win-Win Strategy

Feminist Economics. Vol 27 (1-2) 436-452, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1080/13545701.2020.1840609

21 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2021

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Lenore Palladino

University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 01, 2021

Abstract

Home healthcare – to the elderly and those with chronic health conditions – is growing in importance in the COVID-19 pandemic era. In the United States, public investment in home healthcare can be a win-win strategy for public health and economic security. Yet, home healthcare has remained chronically underpaid and neglected in the policy response to the COVID- 19 crisis. This article examines the impacts of large-scale public investment in the home healthcare industry. It finds that such investment can stabilize employment for millions of low-income women and, through their renewed economic activity, create or stabilize employment in the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic and where low-income women are concentrated: non-home healthcare, food service, and retail. The study concludes it is crucial to push for robust investment in home healthcare as policymakers in the US consider major public support for a variety of industrial sectors.

Keywords: Long-term care, care work, job creation

JEL Classification: J14, E62, J38

Suggested Citation

Palladino, Lenore, Public Investment in Home Health Care in the United States during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Win-Win Strategy (March 01, 2021). Feminist Economics. Vol 27 (1-2) 436-452, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1080/13545701.2020.1840609, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3889626

Lenore Palladino (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department of Economics ( email )

Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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