Childcare voucher and labour market behaviour: Experimental evidence from Finland
AbstractThis article provides experimental estimates of the impact of a voucher for private care on labour force participation and use of private and public child care within the Nordic system of universal provision of public care. In a market that was providing high-quality, low-cost public child care, a voucher is nevertheless found to have a significant, positive effect for the use of private child care with zero effects on either use of public care or labour force participation. The use of private increased by five percentage points in the whole country and by five to seven percentage points in areas that suffer from excess demand for child care as a result of the introduction of the private child care voucher.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2007011.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
Date of revision: Aug 2007
Social experimentation; vouchers; childcare use; labour force participation;
Other versions of this item:
- Tarja Viitanen, 2011. "Child care voucher and labour market behaviour: experimental evidence from Finland," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(23), pages 3203-3212.
- H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
- J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
- J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-11-24 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2007-11-24 (European Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2007-11-24 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2007-11-24 (Labour Economics)
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