Department of Economics and Business Economics

Daycare Choice and Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from a Randomized Survey

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  • Mongoljin Batsaikhan, Georgetown University, United States
  • Mette Gørtz, University of Copenhagen, Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI), Denmark
  • John Kennes
  • Ran Sun Lyng
  • Daniel Monte, Sao Paulo School of Economics, Brazil
  • Norovsambuu Tumennasan, Dalhousie University, Canada
We study parental daycare choice using a randomized online survey of parents in Copenhagen. The survey respondents were asked to choose between two daycares — structured vs. free-play. In describing these hypothetical choices, the survey used testimonials from (fictive) parents whose child allegedly attended the institution, and we randomized the names of the testifying parents across the sample so that some had typical Danes names, while other names were associated with ethnic minorities. Our main findings point towards discrimination against ethnic minorities. This finding is most pronounced among parents who prefer the structured institution. Adding information about the profession of the testifiers did not significantly alter signs of lower preferences for daycares with ethnic minority names, (cautiously) suggesting that this discrimination is taste-based rather than statistical. Finally, we asked the respondents to report a willingness to travel a further distance to get to their preferred daycare (structured or free-play, respectively). Our results show that willingness to travel to the preferred daycare is higher for parents who prefer the structured daycare when there was an ethnic minority name associated with the free-play daycare.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2019
SeriesEconomics Working Papers

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