Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 352–366 | Cite as

Financial Compensation for Intra-Familial Long-Term Care and Childcare in Germany

  • Nataliya KusaEmail author
Original Paper


The study examines whether respondents believe that long-term care provided by children for elderly parents and grandparental childcare should be monetarily compensated, and how these results vary by different groups of respondents. Based on a representative survey, the author shows that while 79% of subjects support compensation for long-term care, only 38% of subjects support compensation for grandparental childcare. Older subjects are more likely to accept monetary compensation for both long-term care and grandparental childcare. It is puzzling that being a female does not by itself explain the differences in acceptance, even though females are much more actively involved in all types of time transfers. Implications of the results and directions for future research are suggested.


Equity principle Grandparental childcare Intergenerational transfers Long-term care 


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Conflict of interest

Nataliya Kusa declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This analysis is based on the representative GESIS Panel conducted by Leibniz Institute for social sciences in Mannheim, Germany.

Animal and Human Rights

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of KasselKasselGermany

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