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Grandparenting and childbearing in the extended family

Working paper n°: 38

Author(s): Arnstein Aassve, Elena Meroni, Chiara Pronzato

Year: 2011

The paper analyses the impact of grandparenting on individuals' fertility behaviour using longitudinal data from eleven European countries. In particular, we focus on how siblings may share and compete for grandparents' time in terms of childcare. By considering different family scenarios, we show that availability of grandparenting play an important role in individuals' decision making for having children. Grandparenting is particularly important in the South of Europe where public childcare is limited and here we see a large impact of grandparenting on fertility.


Arnstein Aassve

Universita Bocconi, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

 

Elena Meroni

University of Padua, Department of Statistical Sciences and Universita Bocconi, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

 

Chiara Pronzato

Universita Bocconi, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and University of Turin, Collegio Carlo Alberto CHILD

 

Keywords: fertility, grandparents, SHARE, extended family

 

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