COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes during the recent pandemic have received ample media coverage and may have lasting negative impacts on individuals’ perception of nursing homes. We argue that this could have sizable and persistent implications for savings and long-term care policies. Our theoretical model predicts that higher nursing home aver- sion should induce higher savings and stronger support for policies subsidizing home care. Based on a survey of Canadians aged 50 to 69, we document that higher nursing home aversion is widespread: 72% of respondents are less inclined to enter a nursing home be- cause of the pandemic. Consistent with our model, we ﬁnd that these respondents are more likely to have higher intended savings for old age because of the pandemic. We also find that they are more likely to strongly support home care subsidies.
Pandemic Risk; Nursing Home; Long-Term Care Savings; Public Policy;
- D14: Household Saving; Personal Finance
- H31: Household
- H51: Government Expenditures and Health
- H53: Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
- I10: General
- I31: General Welfare, Well-Being
Philippe De Donder, Bertrand Achou, Franca Glenzer, Minjoon Lee, and Marie-Louise Leroux, “Nursing home aversion post-pandemic: Implications for savings and long-term care policy”, TSE Working Paper, n. 21-1249, September 2021.
Philippe De Donder, Bertrand Achou, Franca Glenzer, and Minjoon Lee, “Nursing home aversion post-pandemic: Implications for savings and long-term care policy”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 201, September 2022, pp. 1–21.