Labour Force Participation of Families Coping with a Disabling Condition
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This study examines the association between labour force participation and residing with an individual diagnosed with a disabling condition. The analysis, based on data collected in the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2009, is confined to family members of working age without a disabling condition. The stratification of the analysis by gender shows a significant and positive responsiveness to labour participation among females when residing with a family member experiencing either a disabling cancer condition or musculoskeletal condition. The presence of a mentally ill family member reduced male propensity to participate in the labour market. Flexible work arrangements that allow family members opportunities to provide adequate caregiving and financial support to ill relatives are fundamental to the sustainability of health care programs.
Economic Analysis and Policy
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