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Childcare, Parental Behavior and Well-Being during Childhood

Haeck Catherine (), Lefebvre Pierre (), Philip Merrigan and Laetitia Lebihan

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 2022, vol. 22, issue 2, 311-360

Abstract: In this paper, we study the long-term impacts on parental health and behaviors of a low-fee universal childcare program for children aged zero to five years old. We follow families for more than 10 years after the reform. For families with preschool children, we show that the adverse effects documented in previous studies on maternal depression and parental behaviors persist over time. However, once children enter school, most negative effects of the program on parental mental health and behaviors fade away. Only the negative effect on positive interactions may have persisted over time.

Keywords: universal childcare; parental health and behaviors; longer-term effects; childcare policy; natural experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 J13 J18 J20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1515/bejeap-2020-0129

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