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The Supply of Childcare in Britain: Do Mothers Queue for Childcare?

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  • Viitanen, Tarja K

    (University College Dublin)

  • Arnaud Chevalier

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This paper presents a model of partial observability applied to the childcare market in Britain. We simultaneously estimate the demand and use and calculate the excess demand for childcare. We find a large queue with nearly half of the mothers demanding childcare queuing for it. We also find that formal and informal care are not substitute, implying that policies increasing the supply of formal care lead to an increase in the use of care rather than solely a shift from informal to formal care. This has implication on the efficiency of policies aiming at increasing the labour supply of mothers.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 with number 211.

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  1. Parera-Nicolau, Antonia & Mumford, Karen A., 2005. "Labour Supply and Childcare for British Mothers in Two-Parent Families: A Structural Approach," IZA Discussion Papers 1908, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Joris Ghysels & Kim Vercammen, 2012. "The beneficiaries of childcare expansion," Working Papers 1202, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp.
  3. Beninger, Denis & Bonin, Holger & Horstschräer, Julia & Mühler, Grit, 2010. "Wirkungen eines Betreuungsgeldes bei bedarfsgerechtem Ausbau frühkindlicher Kindertagesbetreuung: Eine Mikrosimulationsstudie," ZEW Discussion Papers 10-057, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  4. Ildefonso Méndez, 2008. "Intergenerational Time Transfers And Internal Migration: Accounting For Low Spatial Mobility In Southern Europe," Working Papers wp2008_0811, CEMFI.
  5. Mendez, Ildefonso, 2008. "Intergenerational Time Transfers and Internal Migration: Accounting for Low Spatial Mobility in Southern Europe," MPRA Paper 8654, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Helmut Mahringer & Christine Zulehner, 2012. "Child-Care Costs and Mothers' Employment Rates. An Empirical Analysis for Austria," WIFO Working Papers 429, WIFO.
  7. Daniela Del Boca & Marilena Locatelli & Daniela Vuri, 2005. "Child-Care Choices by Working Mothers: The Case of Italy," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 3(4), pages 453-477, December.

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