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Childcare costs and the demand for children-evidence from a nationwide reform
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies.
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
Abstract [en]

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.

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2013. Vol. 26, no 1, 33-65 p.
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Childcare cost, Fertility, Quasi-experiment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184871DOI: 10.1007/s00148-011-0399-zISI: 000310323600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184871DiVA: diva2:570977
Available from: 2012-11-21 Created: 2012-11-15 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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