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A Structural Model of Child Care and the Labor Supply of Married Women

  • Ribar, D.C.

This article empirically examines married women's labor supply and child care expenditures. The article uses winter 1984-85 data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation to estimate a fully structural econometric model of labor supply and paid care utilization. Estimation results indicate that the cost of paid care has small negative effects on labor supply but stronger negative effects on paid care utilization. Consequently, subsidy programs, such as the Child and Dependant Care Tax Credit, appear to have few effects on married mothers' employment. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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Paper provided by Pennsylvania State - Department of Economics in its series Papers with number 1-91-1.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 1991
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Handle: RePEc:fth:pensta:1-91-1
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  1. Sandra L. Hofferth & Douglas A. Wissoker, 1992. "Price, Quality, and Income in Child Care Choice," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 27(1), pages 70-111.
  2. Evelyn Lehrer & Seiichi Kawasaki, 1985. "Child care arrangements and fertility: An analysis of two-earner households," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 22(4), pages 499-513, November.
  3. Arleen Leibowitz & Jacob Alex Klerman & Linda J. Waite, 1992. "Employment of New Mothers and Child Care Choice: Differences by Children's Age," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 27(1), pages 112-133.
  4. V. Joseph Hotz & M. Rebecca Kilburn, . "The Demand for Child Care and Child Care Costs: Should We Ignore Families with Non-Working Mothers? 1992," University of Chicago - Population Research Center 91-11, Chicago - Population Research Center.
  5. Arleen Leibowitz & Linda Waite & Christina Witsberger, 1988. "Child care for preschoolers: Differences by child’s age," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 25(2), pages 205-220, May.
  6. Blau, David M & Robins, Philip K, 1988. "Child-Care Costs and Family Labor Supply," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 70(3), pages 374-81, August.
  7. Holz, V.J. & Kilburn, M.R., 1991. "The Demand for Child Care and Child Care Costs: Should We Ignore Families with Non-Working Mothers?," University of Chicago - Economics Research Center 91-11, Chicago - Economics Research Center.
  8. Lehrer, Evelyn L, 1989. "Preschoolers with Working Mothers: An Analysis of the Determinants of Child Care Arrangements," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 1(4), pages 251-68.
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