Living Arrangements in Europe: Whether and Why Paternal Retirement Matters

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This paper uses retrospective micro data from eleven European coun- tries to investigate the role of paternal retirement in explaining children’s decisions to leave the parental home. To assess causality, I use a bivariate discrete-time hazard model with shared frailty and exploit over time and cross-country variation in early retirement legislation. Overall, the results indicate a positive and significant influence of paternal retirement on the probability of first nest-leaving of children residing in Southern European countries, for both sons and daughters. Focusing on Southern Europe, I find that the increase in children’s nest-leaving around the time of paternal retirement does not appear to be justified by changes in parental resources. Rather, channels involving the supply of informal child care provided by grandparents or the quality of the home should be the focus of study.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)497-525
Numero di pagine29
RivistaReview of Economics of the Household
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Living arrangements
  • Pension reforms
  • Retirement


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