Grandparenting and Well-being of the Elderly in China

29 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2020

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Hao Wang

Shenzhen University - Institute of Nanosurface Science and Engineering

Jan Fidrmuc

Brunel University - Department of Economics and Finance; L.E.M., Université de Lille; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Global Labor Organization (GLO); Institute for Strategy and Analysis, Government Office of the Slovak Republic

Qi Luo

Guangdong University of Technology

Date Written: September 17, 2020

Abstract

Grandparenting duties can affect the well-being of the elderly both positively and negatively. This paper disentangles the interactions between grandparenting, quality of life, and life satisfaction in China. Using a panel dataset of 3,205 respondents in three waves of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) in 2011, 2013, and 2015, we find that grandparents who look after grandchildren are less at risk of depression, receive more financial and in-kind transfers from their children, and report greater life satisfaction than grandparents who do not look after grandchildren. These benefits vary across gender and rural-urban status, however. The positive effect of grandparenting is driven mainly by the direct effect with negligible mediating effect attributable to better quality of life.

Keywords: D13; O18

JEL Classification: grandparenting; quality of life; life satisfaction; panel data analysis; CHARLS

Suggested Citation

Wang, Hao and Fidrmuc, Jan and Fidrmuc, Jan and Luo, Qi, Grandparenting and Well-being of the Elderly in China (September 17, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3694775 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3694775

Hao Wang (Contact Author)

Shenzhen University - Institute of Nanosurface Science and Engineering ( email )

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