Child Care Provision: Semiparametric Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Mexico

Dubois, Pierre and Rubio-Codina, Marta (2012) Child Care Provision: Semiparametric Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Mexico. Annales d'Économie et de Statistique (105-10). pp. 155-184.

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Abstract

We estimate semiparametrically the impact of the Mexican conditional cash transfer program Oportunidades on the time mothers and older sisters spend taking care of children aged under 3, using the randomization of a program placement and the methodology in Lewbel (2000). Results support the existence of substitution effects: mothers in treatment households are more likely to substitute for their older daughters’ time to child care. As a result, daughters devote more time to schooling and less taking care of their younger siblings. Overall, total household time allocated to child care increases. These findings indicate that Oportunidades not only fosters human capital accumulation through keeping teenage girls in school but also through more and arguably better (mother provided) child care.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: June 2012
Refereed: Yes
JEL codes: D10 - General
J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J22 - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
I00 - General
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: Toulouse School of Economics - TSE
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 17:21
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 15:14
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:25119
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/15159

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