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

50 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2013

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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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Date Written: January 29, 2013

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

JEL Classification: J130, I280

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 (January 29, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4069, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2208423

Christina Felfe (Contact Author)

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Natalia Nollenberger

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

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Nuria Rodriguez-Planas

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

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United States

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