Child Care Costs and Lone Mothers' Employment Rates: UK Evidence
The most commonly cited explanations for the low employment rates of British lone mothers are disincentives provided by the benefit system and a lack of suitable jobs or affordable childcare. This is the first British study focusing on lone mothers' employment rates that includes direct measures of childcare costs. Using data from the 1989 Lone Parents Survey, we find significant disincentive effects for child care costs, albeit of a smaller magnitude than in some related studies. There are also some novel findings about knowledge of the benefit system, and measures of human capital and financial stability and security. Copyright 2001 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester
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Volume (Year): 69 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
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