Grandparenting and childbearing in the extended family
The paper analyses the impact of grandparenting on individualsâˆšâ‰ fertility behaviour using longitudinal data from eleven European countries. In particular, we focus on how siblings may share and compete for grandparentsâˆšâ‰ time in terms of childcare. By considering different family scenarios, we show that availability of grandparenting play an important role in individualsâˆšâ‰ 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.
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