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Childcare voucher and labour market behaviour: Experimental evidence from Finland

Viitanen, T.K. (2007) Childcare voucher and labour market behaviour: Experimental evidence from Finland. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368


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This paper provides experimental estimates of the impact of a voucher for private care within the Nordic system of universal provision of public care. The private childcare voucher acted as a significant boost for new childcare entrepreneurs to enter the market thus increasing the overall childcare provision in the municipalities participating in the experiment. In a market that was providing high-quality, low-cost public childcare, a voucher is nevertheless found to have a significant, positive effect for the use of private childcare with zero to negligible effects on the use of public care and labour force participation.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: Social experimentation, vouchers, childcare use, labour force participation
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 16:12
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 02:24
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2007011
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9968

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