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The effect of house prices on the long-term care market: Evidence from England

Bilotkach, Volodymyr and Braakmann, Nils and Gonzalo-Almorox, Eduardo and Wildman, John (2017): The effect of house prices on the long-term care market: Evidence from England.

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Abstract

High house prices are often considered to be beneficial for the elderly due to the accumulation of wealth. However, as land is an input in the provision of public services, the elderly might be harmed by them, for example, due to a shortage of local care homes. Alternatively, care home providers might be attracted by asset-rich potential clients, which could lead to a positive effect of house prices on the provision of care. Applying an instrumental variables approach on English data, we show that higher house prices lead to fewer care homes, fewer entries into the market as well as fewer available beds.

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