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Parental childcare and children's educational attainment: evidence from China

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  • Hongbin Li
  • Xianguo Yao
  • Junsen Zhang
  • Li-An Zhou

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This paper examines the determinants of child educational attainment. In addition to those examined in previous studies, it is found that maternal childcare is another important determinant of child educational attainment. The results are robust after controlling for endogeneity. The IV estimates show that once childcare time is controlled for, child health does not have an effect on school enrolment age. This finding suggests that omitting the childcare time may have biased the estimated effect of child health on school enrolment in previous studies.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 37 (2005)
Issue (Month): 18 ()
Pages: 2067-2076

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  1. Zhu, Guozhong & Vuralz, Gulfer, 2012. "Inter-generational effect of parental time and its policy implications," MPRA Paper 40670, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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