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Grandparenting and childbearing in the extended family

  • Arnstein Aassve, Elena Meroni, Chiara Pronzato
  • 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.

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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 038.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:don:donwpa:038
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  1. Evelyn Lehrer & Seiichi Kawasaki, 1985. "Child care arrangements and fertility: An analysis of two-earner households," Demography, Springer, vol. 22(4), pages 499-513, November.
  2. Wolff, Francois-Charles, 2006. "Microeconomic models of family transfers," Handbook on the Economics of Giving, Reciprocity and Altruism, Elsevier.
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