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Akihiro Kawase and Katsuyoshi Nakazawa
''Long-term Care Insurance Facilities and Interregional Migration of the Elderly in Japan''
( 2009, Vol. 29 No.4 )
Using municipality-level data of Japan, this paper empirically examines how the capacity of long-term care insurance facilities impacts interregional migration of the elderly. We construct net-migration data of the elderly population in each municipality by combining statistics available from existing sources. We find that interregional differences in capacity of long-term care insurance facilities generate strong magnetic effects on migration of the elderly. Our results indicate that family care is difficult and that long-term care insurance facilities are necessary for the late-stage elderly who are in need of long-term care.
Keywords: Long-term care insurance facility, Interregional migration, Welfare magnet
JEL: H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations: General
I1 - Health: General
Manuscript Received : Sep 16 2009 Manuscript Accepted : Dec 01 2009

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