Employment and Child-Care Choices in Canada and the United States

Posted: 19 Jun 2001

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Charles Michalopoulos

MDRC - Welfare Reform

Philip K. Robins

University of Miami - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics

Abstract

In this paper we examine employment and child-care choices of two-parent families with young children in the United States and Canada, using a pooled data set based on recent national surveys in each country. We find that the employment and child-care choices of Canadian families are similar to those of U.S. families. Estimates of a model of employment and child-care choices indicate significant effects of child-care subsidies, child-care prices, and wage rates on employment and child-care choices. However, none of these factors helps to explain the differences in employment and child-care choices between the two countries.

JEL Classification: J13

Suggested Citation

Michalopoulos, Charles and Robins, Philip K., Employment and Child-Care Choices in Canada and the United States. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 33, Issue 2, May 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=238569

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