Center-Based Care and Parenting Activities

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Jonas Jessen

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Free University Berlin

C. Katharina Spiess

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Sevrin Waights

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: September 2020

Abstract

We estimate effects of center-based care on parenting activities using time use data for Germany. Our estimates imply that center-based care reduces the overall time that parents spend with the enrolled child, but has only small negative effects on time spent doing activities together. Correspondingly, center-based care increases activities as a share of the time spent together with the child. The overall effect is driven by households with lower maternal education. Our findings imply that child development effects of center-based care may be explained, not just by the institutional environment, but also by changes that occur within the home environment.

Keywords: Child care, Child development, Time use, Parenting investments, Day care

JEL Classification: D13,I21,J13

Suggested Citation

Jessen, Jonas and Spiess, C. Katharina and Waights, Sevrin, Center-Based Care and Parenting Activities (September 2020). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1897, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3692260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3692260

Jonas Jessen

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstr
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Berlin
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Free University Berlin ( email )

Germany

C. Katharina Spiess (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Sevrin Waights

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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