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The Supply of Informal Care in Europe

Linda Pickard

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This research report is concerned with the analysis of the supply of informal care provided by family and friends in Europe, and forms part of the Assessing Needs of Care in European Nations (ANCIEN) research project. The research uses multivariate analysis of the provision of informal help with personal care tasks in Europe, taking into account socio-demographic factors likely to affect the provision of informal care, including gender, age, marital status and education, and also taking into account differences in long-term systems.
The key conclusion of the report is that differences in informal care provision in European countries are affected not only by differences in socio-demographic factors, but also by differences in long-term care systems between countries.

Author Linda Pickard is a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science.