Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/59018
Authors: 
Gathmann, Christina
Sass, Björn
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on multidisciplinary panel data research 438
Abstract: 
Previous studies report a wide range of estimates for how female labor supply responds to childcare prices. We shed new light on this question using a reform that raised the prices of public daycare. Parents respond by reducing public daycare and increasing childcare at home. Parents also reduce informal childcare indicating that public daycare and informal childcare are complements. Female labor force participation declines and the response ist strongest for single parents and low-income households. The short-run effects on cognitive and non-cognitive skills are mixed, but negative for girls. Spillover effects on older siblings suggest that the policy affects the whole household, not just targeted family members.
Subjects: 
Childcare
Labor supply
Cognitive skills
Family Policy
Germany
JEL: 
J13
J22
J18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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