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Where to Put the Kids? Effects of Type of Non-parental Child Care on Pre-teen Skills and Risky Behavior

Nabanita Datta Gupta () and Marianne Simonsen ()

No 5848, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper investigates pre-teenage effects of the choice of type of non-parental child care at age three (preschool relative to more informal family day care). We exploit 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. As outcomes, we consider measures of overall and risky behavior in addition to objective and self-evaluated abilities. We find no strong evidence that one type of non-parental care outperforms the other, though children who have been placed in preschool tend to like school better.

Keywords: risky behaviors; skills; evaluation; child care (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2011-07
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