Does Caregiving Affect Work? Evidence Based on Prior Labor Force Experience

Kathleen McGarry

in Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226902920
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226903248 | DOI:
Does Caregiving Affect Work? Evidence Based on Prior Labor Force Experience

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This chapter explores the influence of caregiving on the labor force behavior of women. Little relationship between previous employment and later caregiving is found. Caregiving seems to be a relatively temporary state for many women. The sex distribution of siblings does not affect work behavior. It is noted that women seem to reduce on leisure rather than work when providing care to an elderly parent. The results of a multivariate analysis similarly fail to support a strong relationship between labor market ties and caregiving later in life. In addition, having a parent who needs care does not influence employment behavior, and lagged labor force participation does not affect current caregiving. The task of providing care to an elderly parent may have large negative effects on caregivers in terms of emotional well-being.

Keywords: caregiving; labor force behavior; women; leisure; employment; elderly

Chapter.  8677 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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