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Title: After-school care and parents? labor supply

Author(s): Christina Felfe, Michael Lechner and Petra Thiemann

Publication Date: November 2013

Keyword(s): Childcare, parents' labor supply and semi-parametric estimation methods

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics

Abstract: Does after-school care provision promote mothers? employment and balance the allocation of paid work among parents of schoolchildren? We address this question by exploiting variation in cantonal (state) regulations of after-school care provision in Switzerland. To establish exogeneity of cantonal regulations with respect to employment opportunities and preferences of the population, we restrict our analysis to confined regions along cantonal borders. Using semi-parametric instrumental variable methods, we find a positive impact of after-school care provision on mothers? full-time employment, but a negative impact on fathers? full-time employment. Thus, the supply of after-school care fosters a convergence of parental working hours.

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Felfe, C, Lechner, M and Thiemann, P. 2013. 'After-school care and parents? labor supply'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.