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Trade-offs between Different Early Childhood Interventions: Evidence from Ecuador

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  • Jose Rosero

    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Hessel Oosterbeek

    (University of Amsterdam)

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Using a discontinuity in the funding scheme, we evaluate the impact of home visitsand child care centers on poor children and mothers in Ecuador. We find thathome visits are beneficial for children's cognitive outcomes and health and for mothers'psychological well-being but reduce mothers' labor force participation. Childcare centers cause almost the exact opposite effects. Results are consistent with aframework in which child outcomes are determined by the quantity and quality oftime inputs and in which mother’s well-being depends on working hours and childoutcomes.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 11-102/3.

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Date of creation: 28 Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20110102

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Keywords: Early childhood development; child care centers; home visits; regression discontinuity design; developing country; Ecuador;

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  1. repec:dgr:uvatin:2012075 is not listed on IDEAS
  2. Jose Rosero, 2012. "The ABC of Housing Strategies: Are Housing Assistance Programs Effective in Enhancing Children's Well Being?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 12-074/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Jose Rosero, 2012. "On the Effectiveness of Child Care Centers in Promoting Child Development in Ecuador," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 12-075/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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