Why care? Social norms and the supply of unpaid care.

Marina Della Giusta, Nigar Hashimzade, Sarah Jewell
University of Reading, UK

This paper is part of a research project aiming to provide economic models of caring that can be used to formulate policy. Here we focus on the decision to provide unpaid care for elderly, sick or disabled family members and on the role of social norms and relative income. We present a model of unpaid care provision and illustrate some of its predictions using numerical simulations. Empirical results based on the British Household Panel Survey are presented and discussed.

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