Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/212922
Authors: 
Yu, Haiyue
Cao, Jin
Kang, Shulong
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
BOFIT Discussion Papers No. 14/2019
Publisher: 
Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT), Helsinki
Abstract: 
This paper considers the role of grandparental childcare in China's extraordinarily high female labor-market participation rate. Indeed, the high female labor-market participation and low labor-income penalty for childbirth is all the more remarkable given the lack of public subsidies for childcare. Using a novel and high-quality dataset, we find that childcare provided by retired grandparents significantly reduces the duration of career breaks for young women and helps women remain in the labor force. We further show that well-educated urban women benefit most from grandparental childcare, especially in the first three years of the child's life before there is a possibility to enter kindergarten.
Subjects: 
intergenerational labor division
grandparental childcare
female employment
human capital accumulation
JEL: 
C24
J13
J22
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-952-323-283-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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