"Do I stay or do I go?" - Job change and labor market exit intentions of employees providing informal care to older adults, Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012 DOI: 10.1002/hec.2880

Ulrike Schneider, Birgit Trukeschitz, Richard Mühlmann, Ivo Ponocny

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung


This article examines whether providing informal eldercare to an older dependent person predicts employees' intentions to change jobs or exit the labormarket and, if so,which particular aspects of both caregiving (e.g. time demands, physical /cognitive care burden) and their current work environment shape these intentions. We used data from a sample of 471 caring and 431 noncaring
employees in Austria and split the analyses by gender. We found different aspects of informal caregiving to be associated with the intention to change jobs and with the anticipated labor market withdrawal of male and female workers. A time-based conflict between informal eldercare and paid work was significantly and positively related to the intended job change of female workers but not of their male counterparts. Flexible work arrangements were found to facilitate the attachment of female workers to their jobs and the labor market. Intentions to exit the labor market of male workers appeared to be triggered by a physical care burden rather than time demands.

Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Seiten (von - bis)1230 - 1249
FachzeitschriftHealth Economics
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Sept. 2013