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Childcare subsidies: Do they affect labor supply of mothers and cognitive development of children?


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This dissertation is comprised of two essays in which we separately analyze what are the effects of childcare subsidies on employment outcomes of low income mothers, and how childcare subsidies take up affects the test scores of those children whose mothers take the subsidy to go to work. In the essays we analyze evidence of the effects of the childcare subsidy policy using survey and administrative data. We apply conventional estimators from the program evaluation econometrics literature and make some methodological contributions on how to identify parameters of the childcare subsidy effect on labor supply and cognitive development. The results evidence positive effects of the childcare subsidies policy on the labor supply of mothers and mixed effects on cognitive development of their children that are contingent on the type of childcare associated to the subsidy benefit. The two essays presented in this dissertation are a primary evidence of the effects of childcare subsidies in the post-welfare reform era. We provide some ideas on how to balance the inter generational policy dilemma implied in the answer to the question: should childcare subsidies emphasize employment promotion today or investments in building the set of skills that will characterize the labor force tomorrow?

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Subject
Economics;
Early childhood education;
Public policy
Classification
0510: Economics
0518: Early childhood education
0630: Public policy
Identifier / keyword
Education; Social sciences; Child care subsidies; Childcare subsidies; Cognitive development; Labor supply; Mothers; Program evaluation; Test scores
Title
Childcare subsidies: Do they affect labor supply of mothers and cognitive development of children?
Author
Zanoni Lopez, Wladimir
Number of pages
145
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0330
Source
DAI-A 72/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124378923
Advisor
Black, Dan
Committee member
Black, Dan; Goerge, Robert; Lalonde, Robert
University/institution
The University of Chicago
Department
Public Policy Studies
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3432838
ProQuest document ID
825964013
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/825964013
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