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ERIC Number: EJ825702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Maternal Labor Supply and the Introduction of Kindergartens into American Public Schools
Cascio, Elizabeth U.
Journal of Human Resources, v44 n1 p140-170 Win 2009
Since the mid-1960s, many state governments have introduced subsidies for school districts that offer kindergarten. This paper uses the staggered timing and age targeting of these grants to examine how the childcare subsidy implicit in public schooling affects maternal labor supply. Using data from five Censuses, I estimate that four of ten single mothers with no younger children entered the work force with public school enrollment of a five-year-old child. No significant labor supply responses are detected among other mothers with eligible children. Results also indicate that at least one in three marginal public school enrollees would have otherwise attended private school. (Contains 8 tables, 2 figures and 43 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A