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Title:Does providing childcare to unemployed affect unemployment duration? PDF Logo
Authors:Vikman, Ulrika
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2010:5
Abstract:This paper examines if the probability of leaving unemployment changes for unemployed parents with young children when childcare is available. To investigate this, I use the heterogeneity among Swedish municipalities before the implementation of a 2001 Swedish childcare reform making it mandatory for municipalities to offer child-care to unemployed parents for at least 15 hours per week. In the study difference-in-differences and difference-in-difference-in-differences methods are used. The results indicate a positive effect on the probability of leaving unemployment for mothers when childcare is available, but no effect is found for fathers. For mothers, some heterogeneous effects are also found, with a greater effect on the probability of leaving unemployment for work when childcare is available for mothers with only compulsory schooling or university education and mothers with two children.
Subjects:Unemployment duration
childcare
JEL:J13
J64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

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