Does retirement (really) increase informal caregiving? Quasi-experimental evidence from Australia

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This paper analyzes the impact of retirement on informal care provision using nationally representative panel data from Australia. To establish causality, we exploit the gender and cohort specific eligibility age for the Australian Age Pension. We find no evidence of an impact of retirement (status or duration) on co-residential or extra-residential unpaid care provided by older individuals. The null effect of retirement on informal caregiving does not differ by the type of care recipient. Furthermore, we demonstrate that older people who postpone retirement reduce the amount of time they spend on other non-market activities to resolve the time conflict between unpaid care and extended employment. Our analysis indicates that the Australian Age Pension reform aimed at working career prolongation has not crowded out the supply of informal care.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102713
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • Retirement
  • Informal caregiving
  • Pension reform
  • Population aging


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