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The role of grandparenting in early childcare and child outcomes

Daniela Del Boca (), Daniela Piazzalunga and Chiara Pronzato ()

Review of Economics of the Household, 2018, vol. 16, issue 2, 477-512

Abstract: Abstract This paper examines the short and medium term impact of early childcare provision by grandparents and formal care settings on child cognitive outcomes, using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (UK). Compared with children placed in formal childcare, children cared for by their grandparents are better at naming objects, but perform worse on tests of basic concept development and non-verbal reasoning. These results mask strong heterogeneities. On the one hand, the positive association between grandparental care and child outcomes is stronger for children from more advantaged households; on the other, the negative association is only significant for those from more disadvantaged households. The results of OLS estimations used for our analysis are confirmed using panel methods and an instrumental variable approach.

Keywords: Grandparents; Childcare; Child cognitive outcomes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 D1 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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