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The conflict between work and inter-generational care among grandparents

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Rok publikování 2014
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Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Fakulta sociálních studií

Popis Policies supporting longer working careers may have several unintended consequences and may, for instance, negatively impact fertility and employment in the younger generations. Many parents seek grandparental help with childcare, which may be less often available if grandparents increase their labor market participation. In our previous paper, we find out negative effect of employment on the intensity of intergenerational caregiving, not on provision of any care. This effect, however, is observed among grandmothers only and only exists when grandmothers work full-time. But our previous findings are limited by the cross-sectional nature of our analysis. Can we claim that higher availability of part-time jobs for grandparents will lead to conflict reduction? Real causality can be investigated only in longitudinal analysis. Here, we analyze change of employment status and provision of grandparental care in time. We use the same data from SHARE project, but we focus on changes between waves. Preliminary findings indicate stronger effect of employment for grandmothers, but this effect seems to be more complicated and not negative under every circumstances.
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