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Which children benefit from non-parental care?

Chikako Yamauchi and Andrew Leigh

Economics of Education Review, 2011, vol. 30, issue 6, 1468-1490

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between non-parental care and toddlers’ behavioral outcomes using data from Australia. In particular, we explore heterogeneity in the relationship using the unique data on quality attributes: carer/child ratio, share of qualified staff, and expert ratings. The results suggest that full-time non-parental care, particularly center care, is negatively associated with toddlers’ behavioral outcomes. The negative association is however mitigated when centers have a larger number of carers per child. The negative association between non-parental care and behavioral outcomes also appears to be larger for children with better-educated parents.

Keywords: Child care; Early childhood; Quality; Selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2011.07.012

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