Quality and Demand of Child Care and Female Labour Supply in Italy
Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, Vol. 14, Issue 1, March 2000
Posted: 20 Jun 2001
This paper provides a micro-econometric evaluation of the effects of child care rationing on the household expenditures on child care and on the female participation decision in Italy. A sample of households is used with at least one pre-school child, selected from the Bank of Italy Survey of Household Income and Wealth (SHIW); this is complemented with ISTAT statistics on nursery and creche access rates. It is found that both child care rationing and the availability of alternative forms of non-market child care (relatives etc.) affect in various ways the household decisions over child care expenditure and labour supply.
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