After-School Care and Parents’ Labor Supply

38 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2015

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Christina Felfe

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

Michael Lechner

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research

Petra Thiemann

Lund University - School of Economics and Management; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking

Date Written: July 29, 2015

Abstract

Does the after-school care provision promote mothers’ employment and thus help to foster gender equality in the labor supply? We address this question by exploiting variation in cantonal (state) regulations of after-school care provision in Switzerland. To establish exogeneity of cantonal regulations with respect to employment opportunities and preferences of the population, we restrict our analysis to confined regions along cantonal borders. While no impact of the after-school care provision on parents’ overall employment exists, we find a positive impact on mothers’ full-time employment.

Keywords: Child care, parents’ labor supply, instrumental variable method, after-school care

JEL Classification: J13, J22, C14

Suggested Citation

Felfe, Christina and Lechner, Michael and Thiemann, Petra, After-School Care and Parents’ Labor Supply (July 29, 2015). USC-INET Research Paper No. 15-21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2639874 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2639874

Christina Felfe (Contact Author)

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Michael Lechner

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Petra Thiemann

Lund University - School of Economics and Management ( email )

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