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Informal care, but at what cost?

Most informal carers are either of working age or older people themselves providing care to their dependent spouses. From the public budget perspective, informal care is often seen as a cost-effective way of providing care. This vision, however, fails to acknowledge the indirect costs of informal care, namely forgone employment or health for informal carers. Using data from EQLS and SHARE, Ricardo RodriguesKatharine Schulmann and Andrea Schmidt (together with colleagues Niki Kalavrezou and Manos Matsaganis of Athens University) discuss the effects of providing informal care on employment and health of carers, as well as the benefits already available to carers in Europe. Read Report

 

Source: May Newsletter article, European Centre for Social Welfare and Policy Research