Does the supply of public care services towards the very old affect labouur force participation of their children?
Institute for Labour and Social Research Fafo Oslo, Norway
Department for Public Governance Norwegian School of Management Oslo, Norway
In Norway, as well as in the other Nordic countries, little systematic knowledge has been established on how frequent elderly employees experience a squeeze between own work and care obligations towards their parents, and to what extent this predicament affects their behaviour in the work sphere. Some research has been undertaken in other western countries that maintain welfare models other than the Nordic one. This paper presents findings from an initial study, which has surveyed the situation in Norway. We also ask: does a high level of supply of public elderly care services toward the elderly, affect the work participation pattern of their childern? We present results from a nationwide, representative survey of 2000 men and women aged 45-65 who have one or both parents alive, undertaken in the spring of 2007. Seven out of ten said they assisted their parents during the past 12 months while also taking part in paid work. Of these 57 per cent reported a dual pressure resulting from work and care obligations. Our data suggests that there is a positive effect of welfare services provided to the very old on the employment output of the young elderly.