Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115537
Authors: 
Prada, María
Rucci, Graciana
Urzúa, Sergio
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-594
Abstract: 
This paper studies the effect of mandated employer-provided child care on the wages of women hired in large firms in Chile. We use a unique employer-employee database from the country's unemployment insurance (UI) system containing monthly information for all individuals that started a new contract between January 2005 and March 2013. We estimate the impact of the program using regression discontinuity design (RDD) exploiting the fact that child care provision is mandatory for all firms with 20 or more female workers. The results indicate that the monthly starting wages of the infra-marginal woman hired in a firm with 20 or more female workers is between 9 percent and 20 percent less than those of female workers hired by the same firm when no requirement of providing childcare was imposed.
Subjects: 
Mandated benefits
female wages
regression discontinuity
policies for gender equality
JEL: 
C21
J32
J71
J83
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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