Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #474

The Mental and Physical Burden of Caregiving - Evidence from Administrative Data

by Magdalena Stroka

RUB, RWI, 02/2014, 27 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-536-2 DOI: 10.4419/86788536



This study evaluates the mental and physical strain experienced by informal caregivers. Econometric problems due to individuals selecting themselves into informal care provision are tackled by using informative and detailed data from the largest sickness fund in Germany and applying propensity score matching techniques. The findings suggest that carers take more psychoactive drugs as well as analgesics and gastrointestinal agents. Thus, informal caregiving appears to be a burdensome task with implications for both mental and physical health.

JEL-Classification: I10

Keywords: Informal care; burden; drugs; propensity score matching