Astrid Würtz Rasmussen
Astrid Würtz Rasmussen: Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Postal: Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Frichshuset Hermodsvej 22, 8230 Åbyhøj , Denmark
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.
51 pages, January 1, 2009
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