Grandparenting and childbearing in the extended family
Working paper n°: 38
Author(s): Arnstein Aassve, Elena Meroni, Chiara Pronzato
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.
Universita Bocconi, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics
University of Padua, Department of Statistical Sciences and Universita Bocconi, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics
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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