Caregivers in the family: daughters, sons and social norms

Barigozzi, Francesca ; Cremer, Helmuth ; Roeder, Kerstin (2017) Caregivers in the family: daughters, sons and social norms. Bologna: Dipartimento di Scienze economiche DSE, p. 30. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/5604. In: Quaderni - Working Paper DSE (1102). ISSN 2282-6483.
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Abstract

Daughters are the principal caregivers of their dependent parents. In this paper, we study long-term care (LTC) choices by bargaining families with mixed- or same-gender siblings. LTC care can be provided either informally by children, or formally at home or in an institution. A social norm implies that daughters suffer a psychological cost when they provide less informal care than the average child. We show that the laissez-faire (LF) and the utilitarian �first-best (FB) differ for two reasons. First, because informal care imposes a negative externality on daughters via the social norm, too much informal care is provided in LF. Second, the weights children and parents have in the family bargaining problem might differ in general from their weights in social welfare. We show that the FB allocation can be achieved through a system of subsidies on formal home and institutional care. Except when children and parents have equal bargaining weights these subsidies are gender-speci�fic and refl�ect Pigouvian as well as "�paternalistic�" considerations.

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Barigozzi, FrancescaUniversità di Bologna0000-0002-4071-5161
Cremer, HelmuthToulouse School of Economics
Roeder, KerstinUniversity of Augsburg0000-0002-1183-1892
Keywords
Social norms, formal and informal LTC, daughters, sons
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2282-6483
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