Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/225275
Authors: 
Krapf, Matthias
Roth, Anja
Slotwinski, Michaela
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 20-050
Abstract: 
We study the effect of childcare availability on child penalties. Using Swiss administrative data, we exploit the staggered opening od childcare facilities across municipalities in the canton of Bern. We find that the presence of childcare facilities in the year of birth of the first child reduces the child penalty. The availability of childcare increases maternal earnings and decreases the compensating increase in fathers' earnings in households with below median earnings, but not in households with above median earnings. Although childcare affects relative earnings contributions within the household, there is no effect on total household earnings.
Subjects: 
child penalty
childcare
parental employment
gender wage gap
JEL: 
D1
J00
J13
J16
H31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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