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Universal child care, maternal labor supply, and family well-being

Date Added to Library: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 23:08
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.1086/591908
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Baker, Michael
Gruber, Jonathan
Milligan, Kevin
Reference Type: 
Published Date: 
August 2008
Published Date (Text): 
August 2008
Publication: 
Journal of Political Economy
Volume: 
116
Issue Number: 
4
Page Range: 
709-745
Year: 
2008
Language(s): 
Abstract: 

We analyze the introduction of highly subsidized, universally accessible child care in Quebec, addressing the impact of child care utilization, maternal labor supply, and family well-being. We find strong evidence of a shift into new child care use, although some crowding out of existing arrangements is evident. Maternal labor supply increases significantly. Finally, the evidence suggests that children are worse off by measures ranging from aggression to motor and social skills to illness. We also uncover evidence that the new child care program led to more hostile, less consistent parenting, worse parental health, and lower-quality parental relationships. (Author abstract)

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Page Count: 
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