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Policy perspectives of grandparenting in Europe

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  • Valeria Bordone
  • Bruno Arpino
  • Arnstein Aassve

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Large variation exists in the frequency of informal childcare provided by grandparents across Europe. At the same time, a wide North-South divide characterizes European social policies. Do welfare policy arrangements shape the role of grandparents? If yes, to what extent do grandparenting depend on the availability of public services offered for child care, parental leave regulation and legal obligations of family support? Combining micro-data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe and macro-indicators from the Multilinks database, this study aims to answer these questions and to further clarify the link between welfare provision and use of grandparents’ resources for working mothers. By implementing country-specific regression models, we find a clear association between the policy context of the country of residence and (daily) grandparenting.

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Paper provided by "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in its series Working Papers with number 051.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:don:donwpa:051

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Keywords: Grandparental childcare; intergenerational relationships; policies; multilinks database;

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  2. Arnstein Aassve & Bruno Arpino & Alice Goisis, 2011. "Grandparenting and mothers’ labour force participation: A comparative analysis using the Generations and Gender Survey," Working Papers 036, "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi.
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