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Title:Preschool and maternal labor market outcomes: Evidence from a regression discontinuity design PDF Logo
Authors:Berlinski, Samuel
Galiani, Sebastian
McEwan, Patrick J.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IFS working papers 09,05
Abstract:In developing countries, employment rates of mothers with young children are relatively lower. This paper analyzes how maternal labor market outcomes in Argentina are affected by the preschool attendance of their children. Using pooled household surveys, we show that four yearolds with birthdays on June 30 have sharply higher probabilities of preschool attendance than children born on July 1, given enrollment-age rules. Regression-discontinuity estimates using this variation suggest that preschool attendance of the youngest child in the household increases the probability of full-time employment and weekly hours of maternal employment. We find no effect of preschool attendance on maternal labor outcomes for children that are not the youngest in the household.
Subjects:female labor supply
Argentina
regression-discontinuity
kindergarten
JEL:I21
I28
J22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IFS Working Papers, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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