Can't Buy Mommy's Love? Universal Childcare and Children's Long-Term Cognitive Development
50 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2013
Date Written: January 29, 2013
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
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