Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 465–493

Employment and child-care choices of single-parent families in Canada and the United States

  • Charles Michalopoulos
  • Philip K. Robins

DOI: 10.1007/s001480100099

Cite this article as:
Michalopoulos, C. & Robins, P. J Popul Econ (2002) 15: 465. doi:10.1007/s001480100099


This paper examines employment and child-care choices of single-parent families with young children in the United States and Canada, using a pooled data set based on recent national surveys in each country. We find that the employment and child-care choices of Canadian families are similar to those of U.S. families. Estimates of a model of employment and child-care choices indicate significant effects of child-care subsidies, child-care prices, and wage rates on employment and child-care choices.

JEL classification: J13J22
Key words: Child caresubsidieslabour supply

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Michalopoulos
    • 1
  • Philip K. Robins
    • 2
  1. 1.Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, NY 10016, USA (Fax: +1-212-684-0832; e-mail:
  2. 2.Department of Economics, University of Miami, P.O. Box 248126, Coral Gables, FL 33124, USA (Fax: +1-508-519-8480; e-mail: