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Child Care Availability, Quality and Affordability: Are Local Problems Related to Labour Supply?

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  • ROBERT BREUNIG
  • ANDREW WEISS
  • CHIKAKO YAMAUCHI
  • XIAODONG GONG
  • JOSEPH MERCANTE

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We examine whether responses to survey questions about child care availability, quality and cost, aggregated at the local geographical level, have any explanatory power in models of partnered female and lone parent labour supply. We find evidence that partnered women and lone parents who live in areas with more reports of lack of availability, low quality or costly child care work fewer hours and are less likely to work than women in areas with fewer reported difficulties with child care.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 87 (2011)
Issue (Month): 276 (March)
Pages: 109-124

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:87:y:2011:i:276:p:109-124

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Cited by:
  1. Barbara Hanel, 2012. "The Impact of Paid Maternity Leave on Labour Market Outcomes," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2012n19, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  2. Ross Guest & Nick Parr, 2013. "Family policy and couples’ labour supply: an empirical assessment," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 26(4), pages 1631-1660, October.
  3. Xiaodong Gong & Robert Breunig & Anthony King, 2011. "Partnered women's labour supply and child care costs in Australia: Measurement error and the child care price," NATSEM Working Paper Series, University of Canberra, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling 11/13, University of Canberra, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.
  4. Jeff Borland, 2011. "The Australian Labour Market in the 2000s: The Quiet Decade," RBA Annual Conference Volume, in: Hugo Gerard & Jonathan Kearns (ed.), The Australian Economy in the 2000s Reserve Bank of Australia.

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