Department of Economics
Buffalo, NY 14260
Institutional Affiliation: SUNY Buffalo
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2017||Women Working Longer: Labor Market Implications of Providing Family Care|
with Kathleen McGarry
in Women Working Longer: Increased Employment at Older Ages, Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz, editors
The labor force participation rates of women have risen dramatically over the past several decades. Much has been made of the increase in the numbers of women with young children who are now participating in the labor market despite the demands on their time at home. At older ages, women face similar competing demands on their time in the form of care for elderly family members. Due to increasing life expectancy, women who are now in their 50s and early 60s are more likely than ever to have a living parent and are thus more likely to be at risk of needing to provide care. In this chapter, we analyze the prevalence of the provision of long-term care for a representative sample of women in their pre-retirement years and look to see how this caregiving affects employment. We find a significan...