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Does providing childcare to unemployed affect unemployment duration?

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  • Vikman, Ulrika

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    (Department of Economics, Uppsala University)

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    This paper examines if the probability of leaving unemployment changes for unemployed parents with young children when childcare is available. To investigate this, I use the heterogeneity among Swedish municipalities before the implementation of a 2001 Swedish childcare reform making it mandatory for municipalities to offer child¬care to unemployed parents for at least 15 hours per week. In the study difference-in-differences and difference-in-difference-in-differences methods are used. The results indicate a positive effect on the probability of leaving unemployment for mothers when childcare is available, but no effect is found for fathers. For mothers, some heterogeneous effects are also found, with a greater effect on the probability of leaving unemployment for work when childcare is available for mothers with only compulsory schooling or university education and mothers with two children.

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    Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2010:5.

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    Length: 35 pages
    Date of creation: 06 May 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2010_005

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    Keywords: Unemployment duration; childcare;

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    1. Offering childcare to unemployed actually helps
      by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-07-20 14:34:00

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