Competition for Care, the impact on children of Elderly Coresidence

Elisabetta Magnani, Garima Verma, Anu Rammohan

Research output: Working paper


We analyse whether a household's reallocation of time and resources due to the presence of elderly co-residents impacts upon the schooling achievements of younger household members. Specifically: (i) Are the needs of grandparents costly to children, by competing away parents' attention? (ii) How do social norms affect the trade-offs adults face in providing care for the household young and old? Using data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS), our analysis finds that elderly co-residence does not adversely affect children’s educational attainment. However, elders’ ownership of assets diverts parental time away from children’s schooling.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusIn preparation - 2016


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