Ageing and the family in Indonesia: an exploration of the effect of elderly care-giving on female labor supply

Elisabetta Magnani*, Anu Rammohan

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Abstract

In developing countries, the absence of universal social safety nets frequently necessitates co-residence between older parents and adult children for the provision of elderly care. In this article we use the 2000 Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS 3) to distinguish between co-residence with and care-giving for the elderly and examine the impact of care-giving for elderly household members on the labor supply decisions of co-resident working-age adults. After controlling for the potential endogeneity of co-residing decisions and the selection bias arising from such endogeneity, our results suggest that care-giving reduces the margins of labor supply, both the intensive (working hours) and extensive (participation) margins. This effect is particularly strong in samples of female adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-130
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Income Distribution
Volume18
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Care-giving
  • Elderly
  • Female labor

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