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.

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