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The Supply of Childcare in Britain: Do Mothers Queue for Childcare?

Tarja Viitanen and Arnaud Chevalier

No 211, Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 from Royal Economic Society

Abstract: This paper presents a model of partial observability applied to the childcare market in Britain. We simultaneously estimate the demand and use and calculate the excess demand for childcare. We find a large queue with nearly half of the mothers demanding childcare queuing for it. We also find that formal and informal care are not substitute, implying that policies increasing the supply of formal care lead to an increase in the use of care rather than solely a shift from informal to formal care. This has implication on the efficiency of policies aiming at increasing the labour supply of mothers.

Keywords: supply; of; childcare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2003-06-04
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