In this study, the causal impact of informal care provision to the partner on caregiver's health is estimated, using a propensity score matching technique to account for the bi-directionality of the relation between providing informal care and caregiver's health. Data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) are used to assess the immediate eect of caregiving on health, as well as longer-term eects up to seven years after the care provision. The results suggest that mental health is signicantly negatively aected by caregiving, but physical health is not. No evidence is obtained for the persistence of the eect of caregiving on mental health after a time period of 4 or 7 years.

Bakx, P.
Business Economics
Erasmus School of Economics

Zwart, P. de. (2015, September). The eect of providing informal care on caregiver's health. Business Economics. Retrieved from