Do fathers influence the time their children spend in subsidized child care?
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This paper examines whether the fathers' characteristics affect the number of hours their children spend in subsidized child care. More explicitly, we estimate two non-nested models of child care demand in Sweden. The "dual care provider" model allows for variations in the labor supply of both parents and includes a number of personal characterics of both the father and the mother. The "single care provider" model follows earlier research and assumes that the father's working hours are fixed and exogenous to the family's child care demand. The parameter estimates indicate that several characterics of the father are associated with the time his child spends in child care. J-tests and bootstrap J-tests were performed to compare the models. The tests show that the single care provider model can be rejected in favor of the dual care provider model, but the reverse is not true.
Child care demand, subsidized child care, dual care provider model
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-26008DiVA: diva2:235765