Brotherhood of St Laurence

Child Care Availability, Quality and Affordability : Are Local Problems Related to Maternal Labour Supply? /

By: Breunig, Robert | Australia. Treasury
Contributor(s): Gong, Xiaodong
Series: Treasury working papersPublisher: Parkes, ACT Australia. Treasury 2010Description: PDFOther title: Treasury working paper ; no. 2010-02Subject(s): Child Care Services Costs | Child Care Services Statistics | Household Surveys | Women Employment - Statistics | Labour Supply | Preschool Children Services For | Statistical Analysis | Costs | Working Mothers | Household, Income And Labour Dynamics In Australia Survey (hilda) | Work And FamilyOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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We examine whether subjective responses to survey questions about child care availability, quality, and cost, aggregated at the local geographical level, have any explanatory power in models of workforce participation and labour supply. We find that married women who live in areas with more reports of lack of availability, low quality, or costly childcare work less than women in areas with fewer reported difficulties with child care. We find this effect on both the hours of labour supplied and on the part-time/full-time choice. We find almost no effects for lone parents.



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