The Effects of Increasing State Minimum Wage on Family and Paid Caregiving

TitleThe Effects of Increasing State Minimum Wage on Family and Paid Caregiving
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsJutkowitz, E, Lake, D, Shewmaker, P, Gaugler, JE
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume42
Issue4
Pagination514-523
KeywordsCaregivers, state minimum wage
Abstract

Older adults may receive either or a combination of unpaid family/friend and paid caregiving. The consumption of family/friend and paid caregiving may be sensitive to minimum wage policies. We used data (n = 11,698 unique respondents) from the Health and Retirement Study and a difference-in-differences design to evaluate associations between increases in state minimum wage between 2010 and 2014 and family/friend and paid caregiving consumed by adults age 65+ years. We also examined responses to increases in minimum wage for respondents with dementia or Medicaid beneficiaries. People living in states that increased their minimum wage did not consume substantially different hours of family/friend, paid, or any family/friend or paid caregiving. We did not observe differential responses between increases in minimum wage and hours of family/friend or paid caregiving among people with dementia or Medicaid beneficiaries. Increases in state minimum wage were not associated with changes in caregiving consumed by adults age 65+.

DOI10.1177/07334648221124913
Citation Key12702
PubMed ID36877593
PubMed Central IDPMC9992898