Valeria Bordone

About Valeria Bordone

Valeria Bordone is a research scholar at the Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA, VID / ÖAW, WU), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria). She received a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Mannheim (Germany) in 2010, with her thesis focusing on intergenerational relationships between elderly parents and adult children in Europe. Her main research interests are ageing and intergenerational relationships.

Do Grandparents Benefit from Grandparenting?

Grandparental child care is traditionally considered an altruistic act. Therefore, research on this intergenerational exchange has focused on its effects on the younger generations, e.g., grandchildren’s developmental outcomes, cognitive stimulation, and educational attainment; but also middle generation’s benefits deriving from grandparents’ help. The unpaid child care provided by grandparents, by favouring mothers’ labour force participation, is also likely to produce benefits for the welfare system, especially when the child care services offered by the market are costly and public provision is scarce.

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