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Childcare Costs and the Demand for Children - Evidence from a Nationwide Reform

  • Eva Mörk
  • Anna Sjögren
  • Helena Svaleryd

Exploiting the exogenous variation in childcare costs caused by a Swedish childcare reform, we are able to identify the causal effect of childcare costs on fertility in a context in which childcare enrollment is almost universal, user fees are low, and the labor force participation of mothers is very high. Anticipation of a reduction in childcare costs increased the number of first births, but only seemed to affect the timing of second births. We find a negative income effect for families with children already enrolled in child care.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3210.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3210
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