Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/216969
Authors: 
Sandner, Malte
Thomsen, Stephan L.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) No. 669
Abstract: 
We investigate the impact of childcare provision on cases of child maltreatment. For identification, we exploit a governmental reform introducing mandatory early childcare in Germany that generated large temporal and spatial variation in childcare coverage at the county-level. Using high-quality administrative data covering all reported child maltreatment cases in a county per year, our results show that maltreatment cases decline by 1.8% if a county increases childcare slots by one percentage point. Because child maltreatment leads to enormous societal costs, we provide evidence that the provision of universal public childcare can prevent some of these costs.
Subjects: 
Child Maltreatment
Child abuse and neglect
Early childcare
Prevention
JEL: 
J13
J12
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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