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Single Mothers Working At Night: Standard Work And Child Care Subsidies

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  • ERDAL TEKIN

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This article examines the effect of child care subsidies on the standard work decision of single mothers. Results suggest that child care subsidy receipt is associated with about a 7 percentage point increase in the probability of working at a standard job. When the effect of subsidy receipt is allowed to differ between welfare recipients and nonrecipients, results indicate that subsidy receipt has a large and positive effect among welfare recipients, whereas the effect on nonrecipients is much smaller. These findings underscore the importance of child care subsidies in helping low‐income parents, especially welfare recipients, gain standard employment. (JEL J13, I38)

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  • Erdal Tekin, 2007. "Single Mothers Working At Night: Standard Work And Child Care Subsidies," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 45(2), pages 233-250, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:45:y:2007:i:2:p:233-250
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    1. Chris Herbst & Erdal Tekin, 2012. "Child Care Subsidies, Maternal Well-Being, and Child-Parent Interactions: Evidence from Three Nationally Representative Datasets," Working Papers 1372, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..
    2. Angela Rachidi & Russell Sykes & Kerry Dsjardins & Julius Cesar Chaidez, "undated". "The New Economy and Child Care: Nonstandard-Hour Work, Child Care, and Child Health and Well-Being," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 908c47930a1e41e7ad4d5b655, Mathematica Policy Research.
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    4. Charles Baum, 2012. "The effects of food stamp receipt on weight gained by expectant mothers," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 25(4), pages 1307-1340, October.
    5. Ahn, Haksoon, 2012. "Child care subsidy, child care costs, and employment of low-income single mothers," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 379-387.
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    7. Herbst, Chris M., 2013. "Universal Child Care, Maternal Employment, and Children's Long-Run Outcomes: Evidence from the U.S. Lanham Act of 1940," IZA Discussion Papers 7846, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    8. Chris M. Herbst & Erdal Tekin, 2014. "Child Care Subsidies, Maternal Health, And Child–Parent Interactions: Evidence From Three Nationally Representative Datasets," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 23(8), pages 894-916, August.
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    10. Meloy, Mary Elizabeth & Lipscomb, Shannon T. & Baron, Madeline J., 2015. "Linking state child care and child welfare policies and populations: Implications for children, families, and policymakers," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 30-39.

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    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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