The uneven impact of women's retirement on their daughters' employment

  • Ainoa Aparicio FenollEmail author


This paper studies the impact of women’s retirement on their daughters’ employment. Using SHARE and self-collected historical data on legal retirement ages in 20 European countries, I find that women’s retirement leads to an increase in their daughters’ employment only in countries with limited family policies and strong family ties. This positive effect can be explained by increases in in-kind transfers to daughters and grandchild care following retirement.


Women’s retirement Daughters’ employment Intergenerational transfers Grandchild 


J08 J13 J22 



I thank Paola Giuliano, Esteban Jaimovich, Ignacio Monzón, Manuela Naldini, Mariacristina Rossi, Aleksey Tetenov and conference participants at the SPP 1764 Conference in Nuremberg, the SEHO conference in Paris and the Applied Lunch at Collegio Carlo Alberto for useful comments and suggestions. Financial support from the Joint Transnational Project "CIRCLE—Care and Income Redistributive Cycles in the Lives of Europeans" is gratefully acknowledged. I am grateful to Filippo Ascolani for excellent research assistance.

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  1. 1.ESOMAS DepartmentUniversity of TurinTurinItaly

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