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ERIC Number: ED532275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
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Care or Cash? The Effect of Child Care Subsidies on Student Performance. NBER Working Paper No. 18086
Black, Sandra E.; Devereux, Paul J.; Loken, Katrine V.; Salvanes, Kjell G.
National Bureau of Economic Research
Given the wide use of childcare subsidies across countries, it is surprising how little we know about the effect of these subsidies on children's longer run outcomes. Using a sharp discontinuity in the price of childcare in Norway, we are able to isolate the effects of childcare subsidies on both parental and student outcomes. We find very small and statistically insignificant effects of childcare subsidies on childcare utilization and parental labor force participation. Despite this, we find significant positive effect of the subsidies on children's academic performance in junior high school, suggesting the positive shock to disposable income provided by the subsidies may be helping to improve children's scholastic aptitude.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
Identifiers - Location: Norway