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Early child care and child outcomes: the role of grandparents

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In this pap er, we fo cus on the impact of early grandparents' care on child cognitive out- comes, in the short and medium term, using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (UK). Compared with children lo oked after in a formal care centre, children cared by grandparents (as well as parents) are b etter in naming ob jects, but worse in tests concerning basic concepts development, problem-solving, mathematical concepts and constructing ability. In order to assess a causal link b etween early care and child outcomes, we employ panel metho ds and in- strumental variables techniques that conrm that grandparental care matters more for naming ability while formal care is more imp ortant for problem-solving ability and basic concepts de- velopment. These results hide strong heterogeneities: on the one hand, the p ositive asso ciation b etween grandparents' care and child outcomes is stronger for children in more advantaged households; on the other hand, the negative asso ciation is signicant only for children in more disadvantaged households

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  • Del Boca, Daniela & Piazzalunga, Daniela & Pronzato, Chiara, 2014. "Early child care and child outcomes: the role of grandparents," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201430, University of Turin.
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    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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