Childcare costs and the demand for children-evidence from a nationwide reform
2013 (English)In: Journal of Population Economics, ISSN 0933-1433, E-ISSN 1432-1475, Vol. 26, no 1, 33-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Exploiting the exogenous variation in user fees caused by a Swedish childcare reform, we are able to identify the causal effect of childcare costs on fertility in a context in which childcare enrollment is almost universal, user fees are low, and labor force participation of mothers is very high. Anticipation of a reduction in childcare costs increased the number of first and higher-order births, but only seemed to affect the timing of second births. For families with many children we also find a marginally significant negative income effect on fertility.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 26, no 1, 33-65 p.
Childcare cost, Fertility, Quasi-experiment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184871DOI: 10.1007/s00148-011-0399-zISI: 000310323600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184871DiVA: diva2:570977