Child Care Availability, Quality and Affordability: Are Local Problems Related to Labour Supply?

16 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2011

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Robert V. Breunig

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Andrew A. Weiss

Australian National University (ANU) - Faculty of Economics & Commerce

Chikako Yamauchi

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics

Xiaodong Gong

Australian National University (ANU) - School of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Joseph Mercante

Australian Treasury

Date Written: February 20, 2011

Abstract

We examine whether responses to survey questions about child care availability, quality and cost, aggregated at the local geographical level, have any explanatory power in models of partnered female and lone parent labour supply. We find evidence that partnered women and lone parents who live in areas with more reports of lack of availability, low quality or costly child care work fewer hours and are less likely to work than women in areas with fewer reported difficulties with child care.

JEL Classification: J22, J30, J64

Suggested Citation

Breunig, Robert V. and Weiss, Andrew A. and Yamauchi, Chikako and Gong, Xiaodong and Mercante, Joseph, Child Care Availability, Quality and Affordability: Are Local Problems Related to Labour Supply? (February 20, 2011). Economic Record, Vol. 87, No. 276, pp. 109-124, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1782489 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2010.00707.x

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Andrew A. Weiss

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Chikako Yamauchi

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Xiaodong Gong

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Joseph Mercante

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