2013

Childcare Costs and the Demand for Children—Evidence from a Nationwide Reform

Reprint No. 2013:1

Author(s): Eva Mörk, Anna Sjögren and Helena SvalerydYear: 2013 Title: Journal of Population Economics Volume (No.): 26 (1) Pages: 33–65
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Exploiting the exogenous variation in user fees caused by a Swedish childcare reform, we are able to identify the causal effect of childcare costs on fertility in a context in which childcare enrollment is almost universal, user fees are low, and labor force participation of mothers is very high. Anticipation of a reduction in childcare costs increased the number of first and higher-order births, but only seemed to affect the timing of second births. For families with many children we also find a marginally significant negative income effect on fertility.
 


Reference:
Mörk, Eva, Anna Sjögren and Helena Svaleryd (2013), "Childcare Costs and the Demand for Children—Evidence from a Nationwide Reform". Journal of Population Economics 26(1), 33–65.

Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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