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The joint decision of female labour supply and childcare in Italy under costs and availability constraints

The joint decision of female labour supply and childcare in Italy under costs and availability... It is widely recognized that childcare has important pedagogical, economic and social effects on both children and parents. This paper is the first attempt to estimate a joint structural model of female labour supply and childcare behavior applied to Italy in order to analyse the effects of relaxing the existing constraints in terms of childcare availability and costs by considering public, private and informal childcare. Results suggest that Italian households might alter their childcare and labour supply behaviors substantially if the coverage rate of formal childcare increases to reach the European targets. Overall, increasing child care coverage is estimated to be more effective in enhancing labour incentives than decreasing existing child care costs, at the same budgetary cost. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Economia Politica" Springer Journals

The joint decision of female labour supply and childcare in Italy under costs and availability constraints

"Economia Politica" , Volume 37 (2) – Jul 19, 2020

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
ISSN
1120-2890
eISSN
1973-820X
DOI
10.1007/s40888-019-00160-w
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Abstract

It is widely recognized that childcare has important pedagogical, economic and social effects on both children and parents. This paper is the first attempt to estimate a joint structural model of female labour supply and childcare behavior applied to Italy in order to analyse the effects of relaxing the existing constraints in terms of childcare availability and costs by considering public, private and informal childcare. Results suggest that Italian households might alter their childcare and labour supply behaviors substantially if the coverage rate of formal childcare increases to reach the European targets. Overall, increasing child care coverage is estimated to be more effective in enhancing labour incentives than decreasing existing child care costs, at the same budgetary cost.

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"Economia Politica"Springer Journals

Published: Jul 19, 2020

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