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Effects of Universal Child Care Participation on Pre-teen Skills and Risky Behaviors

Nabanita Datta Gupta () and Marianne Simonsen ()

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University

Abstract: This paper uses a Danish panel data child survey merged with administrative records along with a pseudo-experiment that generates variation in the take-up of preschool across municipalities to investigate pre-teenage effects of child care participation at age three (either parental care, preschool, or more informal family day care) in a regime with large scale publicly provided universal care. As outcomes, we consider measures of overall and risky behavior in addition to objective and self-evaluated abilities. We find that eleven-year-old children who have been in non-parental care at age three perform just as well as children who have been in parental care. Furthermore, there is no evidence that one type of non-parental care outperforms the other.

Keywords: universal child care; skills; risky behaviors; evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45
Date: 2010-06-07
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