Over-Education and Childcare Time

UB Economics Working Papers E19/391

26 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2019

See all articles by Aleksander Kucel

Aleksander Kucel

ESCSET, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Montserrat Vilalta-Bufí

University of Barcelona - Department of Economics; University of Barcelona - Center for Research in Welfare Economics

Date Written: September 4, 2019


Research shows that over-education has negative effects on individuals in terms of their wage and job satisfaction. In this paper, we study the intergenerational implications of over-education via childcare time. We analyze whether being over-educated affects the time mothers devote to take care of their children. We use the American Time Use Survey from 2004 to 2017. We find that over-educated mothers devote less time to primary childcare than they would do were they matched. The effect of being a college graduate mother on primary childcare time during weekdays is significantly lower when she is over-educated. Results suggest that being over-educated is not a deliberate choice prioritizing family over career.

Keywords: Labour & Demographic Economics, Economics of Education

JEL Classification: D13, J13, J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Kucel, Aleksander and Vilalta-Bufí, Montserrat and Vilalta-Bufí, Montserrat, Over-Education and Childcare Time (September 4, 2019). UB Economics Working Papers E19/391, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3490535 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3490535

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Montserrat Vilalta-Bufí

University of Barcelona - Department of Economics ( email )


University of Barcelona - Center for Research in Welfare Economics ( email )

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