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The Child Care Labor Market

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  • David M. Blau

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This study provides the first systematic analysis of the labor market behavior and characteristics of child care workers in the United States. A nationally representative sample of over 4,000 child care workers from the 1977-87 March Current Population Surveys is used to provide an analysis of the characteristics of child care workers and to estimate a model of wages. The results indicate that child care workers' wages are generally unaffected by government subsidies and regulations, suggesting that the supply of child care labor is relatively elastic. Wages of child care workers have remained constant relative to other workers' wages from 1976-86 despite substantial real increases in child care subsidies. Relative wages of different classes of child care workers have also remained constant.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 27 (1992)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 9-39

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:27:y:1992:i:1:p:9-39

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  1. Ted Bergstrom & Soren Blomquist, 1994. "The Political Economy of Publicly Supplied Day Care," Papers, University of Michigan, Department of Economics _034, University of Michigan, Department of Economics.
  2. H. Naci Mocan & Deborah Viola, 1997. "The Determinants of Child Care Workers' Wages and Compensation: Sectoral Differences, Human Capital, Race, Insiders and Outsiders," NBER Working Papers 6328, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Attanasio, O. & Low, H. & Sanchez-Marcos, V., 2004. "Explaining Changes in Female Labour Supply in a Life-cycle Model," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge 0451, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  4. Ted Bergstrom & Soren Blomquist, 1994. "Political Economy of Subsidized Day Care," Public Economics, EconWPA 9401001, EconWPA.
  5. David M. Blau & H. Naci Mocan, 1999. "The Supply of Quality in Child Care Centers," NBER Working Papers 7225, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Ahn, N. & Mira, P., 1999. "A Note on the Changing Relationship Between Fertility and Female Employment Rates in Developed Countries," Papers, Centro de Estudios Monetarios Y Financieros- 9903, Centro de Estudios Monetarios Y Financieros-.
  7. Theodore C. Bergstrom & S�ren Blomquist, . "The Political Economy of Subsidized Day Care," ELSE working papers, ESRC Centre on Economics Learning and Social Evolution 015, ESRC Centre on Economics Learning and Social Evolution.
  8. Edwards, John H. Y. & Fuller, Bruce & Liang, Xiaoyan, 1996. "The mixed preschool market: Explaining local variation in family demand and organized supply," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 15(2), pages 149-161, April.
  9. H. Naci Mocan, 1995. "The Child Care Industry: Cost Functions, Efficiency, and Quality," NBER Working Papers 5293, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  10. Randal Heeb & M. Rebecca Kilburn, 2004. "The Effects of State Regulations on Childcare Prices and Choices," Working Papers, RAND Corporation Publications Department 137, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
  11. Gill Scott, Jim Campbell, Andusha Brown, 2001. "The Contribution of Childcare to Local Employment: Poor Work or Work for the Poor?," Local Economy, Taylor and Francis Journals, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 16(3), pages 187-197, September.

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