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Preferences for childcare policies: Theory and evidence

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  • Borck, Rainald
  • Wrohlich, Katharina

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We analyse preferences for public, private or mixed provision of childcare theoretically and empirically. We model childcare as a publicly provided private good. Richer households should prefer private provision to either pure public or mixed provision. If public provision redistributes from rich to poor, the rich should favour mixed over pure public provision, but if public provision redistributes from poor to rich, the rich and poor might favour mixed provision while the middle class favour public provision ([`]ends against the middle'). Using estimates for household preferences from survey data, we find no support for the ends-against-the-middle result.

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  • Borck, Rainald & Wrohlich, Katharina, 2011. "Preferences for childcare policies: Theory and evidence," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 27(3), pages 436-454, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:27:y:2011:i:3:p:436-454
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    Keywords

    Childcare Redistribution Political preferences Public provision of private goods;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
    • D19 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Other

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