Grandparenting and childbearing in the extended family
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.
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