Can't Buy Mommy's Love? Universal Childcare and Children's Long-Term Cognitive Development

51 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2012

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Christina Felfe

University of St. Gallen; University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW)

Natalia Nollenberger

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Núria Rodríguez-Planas

City University New York (CUNY), Queens College; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

What happens to children's long-run cognitive development when introducing universal high-quality childcare for 3-year olds mainly crowds out maternal care? To answer this question we exploit a natural experiment framework and employ a difference-in-difference approach. We find sizable improvements in children's reading and math skills at age 15, as well as in grade progression during primary and secondary school. Effects are driven by girls and disadvantaged children.

Keywords: long-term consequences, universal high-quality childcare, cognitive skills

JEL Classification: J13, I28

Suggested Citation

Felfe, Christina and Nollenberger, Natalia and Rodriguez-Planas, Nuria, Can't Buy Mommy's Love? Universal Childcare and Children's Long-Term Cognitive Development. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7053, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2189791

Christina Felfe (Contact Author)

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Natalia Nollenberger

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

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Spain

Nuria Rodriguez-Planas

City University New York (CUNY), Queens College ( email )

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United States

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