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The demand for nonrelative child care among families with infants and toddlers: A double-hurdle approach

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  • Bridget G. Hiedemann

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    (Seattle University, Department of Economics and Finance, Broadway and Madison, Seattle, WA 98122-4460, USA)

  • Jutta M. Joesch

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    (Battelle, Centers for Public Health Research & Evaluation, 4500 Sand Point Way N.E., Suite 100, Seattle WA 98105-3949, USA)

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    Abstract

    Despite the increasing prevalence of nonparental child care, many parents in the United States care exclusively for their young children, even when both parents work. We examine reasons for non-consumption of child care by estimating double-hurdle, tobit and dominance models of the demand for nonrelative child care. Our results indicate that parents' decision whether to use any nonrelative child care is guided by different considerations than the decision of how much care to use. Furthermore, our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that some parents are not interested in nonrelative care, regardless of its price or nonmaternal income.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 495-526

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:15:y:2002:i:3:p:495-526

    Note: Received: 27 January 2000/Accepted: 20 June 2001
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    1. Rinaldo Brau & Matteo Lippi Bruni & Anna Maria Pinna, 2010. "Public versus private demand for covering long-term care expenditures," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(28), pages 3651-3668.
    2. Edwin van Gameren, 2010. "The role of economic incentives and attitudes in participation and childcare decisions," Serie documentos de trabajo del Centro de Estudios Económicos 2010-05, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos.
    3. Wolter, Stefan C. & Coradi Vellacott, Maja, 2002. "Sibling Rivalry: A Look at Switzerland with PISA Data," IZA Discussion Papers 594, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. R. Brau & M. Lippi Bruni & AM. Pinna, 2004. "Public vs private demand for covering long term care expenditures," Working Paper CRENoS 200408, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.
    5. Greenberg, Joy Pastan, 2011. "The impact of maternal education on children's enrollment in early childhood education and care," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(7), pages 1049-1057, July.
    6. Wolter, Stefan C., 2003. "Sibling Rivalry: A Six Country Comparison," IZA Discussion Papers 734, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    7. Zaiceva, Anzelika & Zimmermann, Klaus F, 2007. "Children, Kitchen, Church: Does Ethnicity Matter?," CEPR Discussion Papers 6491, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    8. Katharina Wrohlich, 2005. "The Excess Demand for Subsidized Child Care in Germany," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 470, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    9. María Suárez, 2013. "Working mothers’ decisions on childcare: the case of Spain," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 545-561, December.
    10. Lundberg, Shelly, 2005. "The Division of Labor by New Parents: Does Child Gender Matter?," IZA Discussion Papers 1787, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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