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No Child Left Behind: Universal Child Care and Children's Long-Run Outcomes

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  • Havnes, Tarjei

    ()
    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Mogstad, Magne

    ()
    (Statistics Norway)

Abstract

There is a heated debate in the US, Canada and many European countries about introducing universally accessible child care. However, studies on universal child care and child development are scarce and only consider short-run outcomes. We analyze the introduction of universal child care in Norway, addressing the impact on children’s long-run outcomes. Our precise and robust difference-in-difference estimates show that child care had strong positive effects on children’s educational attainment and labor market participation, and also reduced welfare dependency. Subsample analysis indicates that children with low educated mothers and girls benefit the most from child care.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 23/2009.

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Length: 60 pages
Date of creation: 30 Sep 2009
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Publication status: Forthcoming as Havnes, Tarjei and Magne Mogstad, 'No Child Left Behind: Subsidized Child Care and Children's Long-Run Outcomes' in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2009_023

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Keywords: universal child care; child development; long-run outcomes;

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