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Author Parera-Nicolau, Antonia ♦ Mumford, Karen
Source EconStor
Content type Text
Publisher Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Economics
Subject Keyword mothers ♦ Britain ♦ childcare ♦ parents labour supply ♦ Demand and Supply of Labor ♦ Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs ♦ Labor Standards: General
Abstract We develop and estimate a structural model of labour supply for British two parent families, taking explicit account of the importance of childcare related variables. We find working mothers do not increase their working hours when hourly wages increase, indeed, they are more likely to reduce their hours. The major inducement for working mothers to increase their working hours, that we find, is the provision of high quality formal childcare. Implying that government policy aiming at increasing working hours amongst British mothers of pre-school children may need to focus on the quality as well as the quantity of formal child care that is available.
Part of series IZA Discussion Papers x1908
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-01-01
Publisher Place Bonn
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