Theoretical Basis for Caregiving Threshold Effects on Labour Market Outcomes

Speaker: Peter Coyte

Date: Friday, November 11th from 10 AM – 12 PM

Location: HS 100 (Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Toronto ON)


An extensive literature has examined the relationships between unpaid caregiving and various labour market outcomes (LMOs), most notably labour force participation, hours of work and wage rates.  The empirical literature has demonstrated the negative effect of intensive caregiving (varying from 10 to 20 hours per week) on LMOs. While the literature has focused on a range of econometric challenges, theoretical considerations that account for the empirical specifications selected have tended to be absent. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the importance of economic theory in guiding the empirical specification of the relationships between unpaid caregiving and LMOs. Specific attention is paid to caregiving threshold effects that are not predicted through use of traditional labour-leisure choice models. While the use of kinks to underlying preferences for income and leisure generate the potential for threshold effects.



Dr Coyte is a national and international expert in the areas of health economics, health services evaluation, and health policy and planning. He was instrumental in the establishment of, and was elected as the inaugural president of, the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR). Dr Coyte holds a CHSRF/CIHR Health Services Chair in Health Care Settings and Canadians: A Program of Research, Education, and Linkage. He is the director of the CIHR Strategic Research Training Program in Health Care, Technology, and Place.