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Policy perspectives of grandparenting in Europe

Number: 51
Year: 2012
Author(s): Valeria Bordone, Bruno Arpino, Arnstein Aassve
Keywords: Grandparental childcare,intergenerational relationships,policies,multilinks database
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.

Valeria Bordone


Bruno Arpino


Arnstein Aassve

Universita Bocconi, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics


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


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