Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics

No 09-22: Allocation of Parental Time and the Long-Term E¤ect on Children's Education

Astrid Würtz Rasmussen ()
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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.

Keywords: Time use; childcare; child development

JEL-codes: D13; J13

51 pages, January 1, 2009

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