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Center-Based Care and Parenting Activities

Discussion Papers 1897, 59 S.

Jonas Jessen, C. Katharina Spieß, Sevrin Waights


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We estimate effects of center-based care on parenting activities using time use data for Germany. Our estimates imply that center-based care reduces the overall time that parents spend with the enrolled child, but has only small negative effects on time spent doing activities together. Correspondingly, center-based care increases activities as a share of the time spent together with the child. The overall effect is driven by households with lower maternal education. Our findings imply that child development effects of center-based care may be explained, not just by the institutional environment, but also by changes that occur within the home environment.

Topics: Family, Education

JEL-Classification: D13;I21;J13
Keywords: Child care, Child development, Time use, Parenting investments, Day care
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