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Can't Buy Mommy's Love? Universal Childcare and Children's Long-Term Cognitive Development

Christina Felfe (), Natalia Nollenberger () and Núria Rodriguez-Planas ()

No 4069, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: What happens to children’s long-run cognitive development when introducing universal high-quality childcare for 3-year olds mainly crowds out maternal care? To answer this question we exploit a natural experiment framework and employ a difference-in-difference approach. We find sizable improvements in children’s reading and math skills at age 15, as well as in grade progression during primary and secondary school. Effects are driven by girls and disadvantaged children.

Keywords: universal high-quality childcare; long-term consequences; cognitive skills (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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