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

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Based on a cost-reduction argument, this study explored whether anticipated childcare 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 childcare 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 childcare 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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Table 4 Discrete-time hazard models for robustness checks
Table 5 Relationship between travelling distance and career commitment (N = 2712)
Table 6 Distribution of respondents who changed residence by the number of years that precede the last observation
Table 7 Multinomial regression on moving behaviour (N = 2350)
Table 8 Fertility-relevant characteristics across living distances

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Pink, S. Anticipated (Grand-)Parental Childcare Support and the Decision to Become a Parent. Eur J Population 34, 691–720 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10680-017-9447-z

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