Holding the Pencil or Buying Paint: Parental Childcare Versus Children’s Need for Extra Income. The Case of Belgium, Denmark and Spain
AbstractThis article addresses the influence of child characteristics on couples’ decision-making regarding employment and parental childcare. Through simultaneous equation modeling we are able to separate earnings from care motives in this decision-making process. An empirical exercise on Belgian data illustrates how the earnings motive counteracts the care motive and causes a rise in the probability of a full-time job following an increase of the number of children. However, replication on Danish and Spanish data also suggests that a country’s incentive framework provides important limits to couples’ decision-making. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Springer in its journal Review of Economics of the Household.
Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
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time allocation; household production; labor supply; childcare; D13; J22;
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- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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