Intra Generational Solidarity and Long Term Care: A Role for In Kind Transfers

Author/s Alberto Pench
Publishing Year 2018 Issue 2018/1 Language English
Pages 23 P. 35-57 File size 245 KB
DOI 10.3280/EP2018-001002
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This paper is focused on kind transfers targeted at old people in need of long term care: it is assumed that they live with their children who provide them health care: the amount of health care is determined by free public provision, by additional professional care bought in the market or by informal care directly given by the children in terms of leisure. Then it deals with the implementation of a policy consisting of an increase in free professional care compensated by an equal reduction in pensions: the particular financing scheme can be motivated by a sort of intra generational solidarity. The proposed policy has the additional goal to promote a substitution of professional care for informal care in order to increase overall labour supply. Conditions assuring a positive change in public budget and in social welfare are derived: they depend by the mutual interaction of a number of economic, medical and demographic parameters: among others, household net wage rate, the ratio between income and indirect tax rates and the structure of older population.

Keywords: In kind transfers, labour supply, intra generational solidarity, long term care

Jel codes: H51, H53, I38, J22

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Alberto Pench, Intra Generational Solidarity and Long Term Care: A Role for In Kind Transfers in "ECONOMIA PUBBLICA " 1/2018, pp 35-57, DOI: 10.3280/EP2018-001002