Preventing Child Maltreatment: Beneficial Side Effects of Public Childcare Provision
Stephan Thomsen and
No 1207, Working Papers from Barcelona School of Economics
We investigate the impact of public childcare provision on the incidence of child maltreatment. For identification, we exploit a government reform that expanded early childcare in Germany, generating large temporal and spatial variation in childcare coverage at the county level. Using high-quality administrative data covering all reported cases of child maltreatment in Germany by county and year, our results show that an increase in childcare slots by one percentage point in a county led to a decline of 1.8% in child maltreatment cases. Our findings suggest that the provision of universal public childcare may be more cost-effective that previously thought.
Keywords: child maltreatment; child abuse and neglect; early childcare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I38 J12 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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