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Preschoolers with working mothers

An analysis of the determinants of child care arrangements

Abstract

This research examines the determinants of child care mode choice for the preschool-age children of working mothers. Attention is focused on two main questions. First, do increases in economic resources raise the likelihood that center care arrangements will be employed? And second, is there a quality-quantity tradeoff in the context of child care? A multinomial logit analysis of data on preschoolers from the 1982 National Survey of Family Growth (conducted in the United States) yields positive answers to both of these questions.

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I am indebted to Barry Chiswick and two anonymous referees for many helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper.

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Lehrer, E.L. Preschoolers with working mothers. J Popul Econ 1, 251–268 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00166067

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Keywords

  • Child Care
  • National Survey
  • Center Care
  • Economic Resource
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