After-School Care and Parents’ Labor Supply
38 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2015
Date Written: July 29, 2015
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
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