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How are varying care systems associated with inequalities in care and wellbeing in later life?

Brief description

In the three-year ORA (Open Research Area) project, we investigate whether and how different long-term care systems and recent reforms of long-term care within Europe and Japan are related to socioeconomic differences in the use of formal and informal care, health and well-being in later life. The study of specific characteristics of long-term care interventions provides theoretical evidence on inequalities in family, health and well-being in two ways. We explore which specific national policies implicitly or explicitly support family care and evaluate empirically whether such policies contribute to socioeconomic inequalities in family care. Second, we will investigate whether the health outcomes and well-being consequences of socioeconomic inequalities in older adults are related to key factors in long-term care. This should allow for a better understanding of the consequences of different care strategies for inequalities in care, health and well-being in later life and for targeted policy interventions.

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Cooperation partners

Prof. Dr. M. Broese van Groenou, (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Prof. Dr. K. Glaser (King’s College London) und Prof. Dr. Yoko Ibuka (Keio University Tokyo)

Team of the TU Dortmund University

Prof. Dr. Martina Brandt (project leader), Dr. habil. Christian Deindl, Dr. Nekehia Quashie, Judith Kaschowitz, Lisa Jessee, Robert Heidemann, Melanie Wagner (Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging)


German Research Foundation (ORA)


2022, forthcoming Verbakel, E., K. Glaser, Y. Amzour, M. Brandt, M. Broese van Groenou: Indicators of familialism and defamilialization in long-term care: a theoretical overview and introduction of macro-level indicators. Journal of European Social Policy.
2021 Quashie, N.T.;  M. Wagner, E. Verbakel & C. Deindl: Socioeconomic differences in informal caregiving in Europe. European Journal of Ageing.
2021 Floridi, G.; N.T. Quashie; K. Glaser & M. Brandt: Partner care arrangements and well-being in mid- and later life: The role of gender across care contexts. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. 
2021 Brandt, M.; J. Kaschowitz & N.T. Quashie: Socioeconomic inequalities in the wellbeing of informal caregivers across Europe. Aging and Mental Health.



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