Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/122054
Authors: 
Battistin, Erich
De Nadai, Michele
Padula, Mario
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary, University of London 748
Abstract: 
We investigate the role of grandparental childcare for fertility decisions of their offspring. Exploiting pension reforms in Italy, we argue that delayed retirement represents a negative shock to the supply of informal childcare for the next generation. We show that, when the maternal grandmother is not available, motherhood after age 30 is less likely. This effect persists as the woman ages, and parallels that on number of children. We argue that these are permanent changes to completed fertility for many cohorts in our data. Consistent with our interpretation, we show that results are limited to the most familistic close-knits where the role of grandparents is more important, and that are not the mechanical consequence of changes of living arrangements and labor supply. Given the Italian lowest low fertility, we conclude that pension reforms may have had unintended inter-generational effects.
Subjects: 
Fertility
Informal child care
Pension reforms
JEL: 
J08
J13
H42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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