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The generation game is the cooperation game: The role of grandparents in the timing of reproduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 April 2010

Rebecca Sear
Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom.
Thomas E. Dickins
School of Psychology, University of East London, London E15 4LZ, United Kingdom.


Coall & Hertwig (C&H) demonstrate the importance of grandparents to children, even in low fertility societies. We suggest policy-makers interested in reproductive timing in such contexts should be alerted to the practical applications of this cooperative breeding framework. The presence or absence of a supportive kin network could help explain why some women begin their reproductive careers “too early” or “too late.”

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