Anticipated (Grand-)Parental Child Care Support and the Decision to Become a Parent

Pink, Sebastian

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: European Journal of Population = Revue Européenne de Démographie
Volume: 34
Issue number: 5
Page range: 691-720
Place of publication: Dordrecht [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
ISSN: 0168-6577 , 1572-9885
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Based on a cost-reduction argument, this study explored whether anticipated child care support from their mothers influenced adult daughters’ decisions to have their first child. Using six waves of the German Family Panel (pairfam), discrete-time hazard models (N = 3155 women) were estimated for the transition to the decision to have the first child. Anticipated child care support from the women’s mothers was approximated by the travelling distance between adult daughters and their mothers, a measure whose suitability was tested empirically. The results indicated that women in a position to anticipate having access to child care support in the future decided to make the transition to parenthood earlier. This finding highlights both the strength of social interaction effects on fertility decision-making and the importance of intergenerational relationships for individual fertility histories already at their very beginning.

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