Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/209560
Authors: 
Lebihan, Laetitia
Haeck, Catherine
Merrigan, Philip
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Research Group on Human Capital - Working Papers Series No. 15-02
Abstract: 
Starting in 1997, the Canadian province of Quebec implemented a $5 per day universal childcare policy for children aged less than 5 years old. This reform significantly increased mothers' participation in the labor market as well as the proportion of children attending subsidized childcare. In this paper, we evaluate the long-term effects of the policy on child well-being (health, behavior, motor and social development) using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. We follow treated children for more than 9 years and investigate the impact well beyond the first few years of the policy. A nonexperimental evaluation framework based on multiple pre- and posttreatment periods is used to estimate the policy effects. We show that the reform had negative effects on preschool children's well-being, but these effects tend to disappear as the child gets older. We find that this pattern persist even ten years after the implementation of the reform.
Subjects: 
universal childcare
child well-being
childcare policy
natural experiment
JEL: 
J13
J18
I31
I20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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