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Childcare, family characteristics and child outcomes: an analysis on Italian data

Daniela Del Boca (), Silvia Pasqua () and Simona Suardi

No 9, CHILD Working Papers Series from Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD) - CCA

Abstract: In this paper we explore the relationship between parents’ inputs, childcare inputs and child cognitive outcomes using one of the few data sources available for Italy, the ISFOL-PLUS dataset. Our empirical results indicate that mothers’ work, in reducing the time devoted to children, has negative effects on children’s academic results. This impact, however, is offset by the use of childcare. The positive effects of childcare are stronger for children from lower income and education households.

Keywords: mothers’ employment; childcare; child cognitive outcomes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 D1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2012
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