Giménez, José Ignacio Marcén, Miriam Molina, José Alberto
Year of Publication:
IZA Discussion Papers 2726
This paper adopts a psycho-economic approach, based on the Demonstration Effect hypothesis, to analyze the effects that the presence of children has on the time devoted to elder care. We combine the approach of the Social Cognitive Theory and a three-generation altruism model. Using the 2003 Spanish Time Use Survey (STUS), we confirm the Demonstration Effect, i.e, the presence of children, while parents are engaged in elder care activities, increases by 11.63% the time devoted to these activities. Additionally, we find that time devoted to child care as primary activity increases by 11.19 minutes per day when children are present during adult care activities.