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Title:Childcare costs and the demand for children: Evidence from a nationwide reform PDF Logo
Authors:Mörk, Eva
Sjögren, Anna
Svaleryd, Helena
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Labour Markets 3210
Abstract:Exploiting the exogenous variation in childcare costs caused by a Swedish childcare reform, we are able to identify the causal effect of childcare costs on fertility in a context in which childcare enrollment is almost universal, user fees are low, and the labor force participation of mothers is very high. Anticipation of a reduction in childcare costs increased the number of first births, but only seemed to affect the timing of second births. We find a negative income effect for families with children already enrolled in child care.
Subjects:childcare
cost of children
fertility
quasi-experiment
difference-in-differences
JEL:H31
J13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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