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The Impact of Introducing Formal Childcare Services on Labour Force Participation in Inuit Nunangat

Donna Feir & Jasmin Thomas ()
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Donna Feir & Jasmin Thomas: Department of Economics, University of Victoria, http://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/economics/

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No 1702, Department Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of Victoria

Abstract: We study the labour force impact of introducing formal childcare services to 34 Inuit communities in Canada's North. We use geographic variation in the timing and intensity of the introduction of childcare services in the late 1990s and early 2000s to estimate the impact of increased access to childcare. We combine the 1996, 2001, and 2006 long-form census files with data on the number of childcare spaces in each of the 34 communities over time. We find that a one standard deviation increase in the number of childcare spaces per 100 children increases labour force participation in single-adult households by 3.6 percent. We find no impact in households with more than one adult present. We suggest plausible explanations for these findings and avenues for future research.

Keywords: Inuit; childcare; labour force participation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J15 J18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem and nep-lab
Date: 2017-08-04
Note: ISSN 1914-2838
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