Working Papers, Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
Astrid Würtz Rasmussen
Allocation of Parental Time and the Long-Term E¤ect on Children's Education
Abstract: 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 de- cisions but availability of
paternal childcare does not directly a¤ect the mother’s childcare decision.
The e¤ect of parental childcare time on children’s educa- tional outcome is
tested using Danish time use data combined with administra- tive register
data. I …nd a statistically signi…cant positive association between
mothers’childcare time on weekdays and children’s outcomes as well as a
pos- itive 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.
Keywords: Time use; childcare; child development; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D13; J13; (follow links to similar papers)
51 pages, January 1, 2009
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