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Retirement, Intergenerational Time Transfers, and Fertility

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  • Eibich, Peter

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

  • Siedler, Thomas

    (University of Potsdam)

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Retired parents might invest time into their adult children by providing childcare. Such intergenerational time transfers can have important implications for family decisions. This paper estimates the effects of parental retirement on adult children's fertility. We use representative panel data from Germany to link observations on parents and adult children. We exploit eligibility ages for early retirement for identification in a regression discontinuity design. The results show that parent's early retirement significantly increases the probability of childbirth for adult children. However, parental retirement affects only the timing of adult children's fertility, without having an effect on total fertility.

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  • Eibich, Peter & Siedler, Thomas, 2020. "Retirement, Intergenerational Time Transfers, and Fertility," IZA Discussion Papers 12993, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    intergenerational transfer; fertility; retirement; time use;
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    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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