Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/46471
Authors: 
Mörk, Eva
Sjögren, Anna
Svaleryd, Helena
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper: Labour Markets 3210
Abstract: 
Exploiting the exogenous variation in childcare costs caused by a Swedish childcare reform, we are able to identify the causal effect of childcare costs on fertility in a context in which childcare enrollment is almost universal, user fees are low, and the labor force participation of mothers is very high. Anticipation of a reduction in childcare costs increased the number of first births, but only seemed to affect the timing of second births. We find a negative income effect for families with children already enrolled in child care.
Subjects: 
childcare
cost of children
fertility
quasi-experiment
difference-in-differences
JEL: 
H31
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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