Unmet needs in formal care: kindling the spark for caregiving behavior

  • Cristina Vilaplana PrietoEmail author
  • Sergi Jiménez-Martín


This paper studies if a situation of formal care unmet needs is a strong motivation for the onset of caregiving behavior, and if becoming caregiving is a compelling argument for leaving current job (in the presence/absence of formal care unmet needs). We use data from the Eurobarometer 67.3 for 18 European countries and estimate a three simultaneous equations model taking into account the potential endogeneity of labor participation and formal care unmet needs and assuming non-zero correlation among the error terms of the three equations. Results show that individuals who anticipate that becoming caregiver can suppose an obstacle for continuing working feel more refractory and are more prone to avoid caregiving responsibilities. Knowing someone with an unmet needs problem increases the probability of becoming caregiver by +19.23 pp (with a maximum of +39.39 pp for difficult access unmet needs) and raises the probability of leaving employment by 5.77 pp. Having to possibility of receiving economic benefits for caregivers encourage more labor market exit as compared to payment of social security contributions during care leaves.


Caregiving Informal care Unmet needs Employment 

JEL Classification

I11 I18 J14 



Financial help from project ECO2011-30323-C03-02 and ECO2011-2850 from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology is gratefully acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Vilaplana Prieto
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sergi Jiménez-Martín
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Dpto. Fundamentos Análisis Económico, Facultad de Economía y EmpresaUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain
  2. 2.FEDEAMadridSpain
  3. 3.Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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