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Title:Labour supply and childcare for British mothers in two-parent families: a structural approach PDF Logo
Authors:Parera-Nicolau, Antonia
Mumford, Karen
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1908
Abstract:We develop and estimate a structural model of labour supply for British two parent families, taking explicit account of the importance of childcare related variables. We find working mothers do not increase their working hours when hourly wages increase, indeed, they are more likely to reduce their hours. The major inducement for working mothers to increase their working hours, that we find, is the provision of high quality formal childcare. Implying that government policy aiming at increasing working hours amongst British mothers of pre-school children may need to focus on the quality as well as the quantity of formal child care that is available.
Subjects:mothers
Britain
childcare
parents labour supply
JEL:J2
J3
J80
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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