Trade-Offs between Different Early Childhood Interventions: Evidence from Ecuador

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 11-102/3

38 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2011  

Jose Rosero

INEC (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos)

Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM); Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: July 29, 2011

Abstract

Using a discontinuity in the funding scheme, we evaluate the impact of home visits and child care centers on poor children and mothers in Ecuador. We find that home visits are beneficial for children's cognitive outcomes and health and for mothers' psychological well-being but reduce mothers' labor force participation. Child care centers cause almost the exact opposite effects. Results are consistent with a framework in which child outcomes are determined by the quantity and quality of time inputs and in which mother’s well-being depends on working hours and child outcomes.

Keywords: Early childhood development, child care centers, home visits, regression discontinuity design, developing country, Ecuador

JEL Classification: J13, I28, H40, O12

Suggested Citation

Rosero, Jose and Oosterbeek, Hessel, Trade-Offs between Different Early Childhood Interventions: Evidence from Ecuador (July 29, 2011). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 11-102/3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1898566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1898566

Jose Rosero (Contact Author)

INEC (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos) ( email )

Ecuador

Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM) ( email )

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