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Allocation of Parental Time and the Long-Term Effect on Children´s Education

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  • Department of Economics
  • Centre for Research in Integration, Education, Qualifications and Marginalization (CIM)

This paper empirically and theoretically links parental time use decisions to child development in a household with two full-time employed parents. Both parents. time spent on childcare is explicitly taken into account as well as childcare bought in the market. It is shown that the quality of market-provided childcare vs. the quality of parental childcare is crucial for parents´ time use decisions but availability of paternal childcare does not directly affect the mother´s childcare decision. The effect of parental childcare time on children´s educational outcome is tested using Danish time use data combined with administrative register data. I find a statistically signi.cant positive association between mothers´ childcare time on weekdays and children´s outcomes as well as a positive association between fathers´ childcare time on weekends and children´s outcomes. Parents.time spent on childcare is negatively related to the amount of time spent on paid work.

Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Department of Economics
Number of pages51
ISBN (Print)9788778824233
ISBN (Electronic)9788778824240
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Research areas

  • Time use, Childcare, Child development

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