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Childcare voucher and labour market behaviour: Experimental evidence from Finland

  • Tarja Viitanen

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

This article provides experimental estimates of the impact of a voucher for private care on labour force participation and use of private and public child care within the Nordic system of universal provision of public care. In a market that was providing high-quality, low-cost public child care, a voucher is nevertheless found to have a significant, positive effect for the use of private child care with zero effects on either use of public care or labour force participation. The use of private increased by five percentage points in the whole country and by five to seven percentage points in areas that suffer from excess demand for child care as a result of the introduction of the private child care voucher.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2007011.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
Date of revision: Aug 2007
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2007011
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  1. Philip Hemmings & David Turner & Seija Parviainen, 2003. "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Public Spending in Finland," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 358, OECD Publishing.
  2. Alberto Abadie & Guido W. Imbens, 2002. "Simple and Bias-Corrected Matching Estimators for Average Treatment Effects," NBER Technical Working Papers 0283, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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