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Quality and Demand of Child Care and Female Labour Supply in Italy

This paper provides a micro-econometric evaluation of the effects of child care rationing on the household expenditures on child care and on the female participation decision, in Italy. A sample of households is used with at least one pre-school child, selected from the Bank of Italy Survey of Household Income and Wealth (SHIW); this is complemented with ISTAT statistics on nursery and crèche access rates. It is found that both child care rationing and the availability of alternative forms of non-market child care (relatives etc.) affect in various ways the household decisions over child care expenditure and labour supply. Copyright Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2000.

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Volume (Year): 14 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 97-118

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Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:14:y:2000:i:1:p:97-118
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