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Parents’ education as a determinant of educational childcare time

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  • J. Gimenez-Nadal

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  • Jose Molina

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We analyze the relationship between parents’ education and the time devoted to childcare activities, with a focus on activities aimed at increasing the child’s human capital. We use the sample of opposite-sex couples with children under age 18, from Spain (2002) and the UK (2000), included in the Multinational Time Use Study. By estimating a seemingly unrelated regressions tobit model, we find that mothers’ education is associated with an increase in the time devoted to educational childcare by fathers in both Spain and the UK, while it is associated with an increase in the time devoted to educational childcare by mothers in Spain. We also find that fathers’ education has no effect on the time devoted to educational childcare time by either parent. It seems that what really matters in determining the time devoted to educational childcare at the couple level is the educational level of the mother. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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Volume (Year): 26 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 719-749

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Keywords: Childcare; Human capital; Education; Multinational time-use study; D13; D64; J13;

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