Consequences of mixed provision of child care : an overview on the German market

Mühler, Grit

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-29872
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2010
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 370 Education
Classification: JEL: J13 H44 L33 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Europa , USA , Kinderbetreuung , Familienpolitik , Qualität , Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse
Keywords (English): universal child care , mixed industry , public and private sector
Abstract: Universal child care that is available, affordable and of good quality is regarded as a key instrument of a country's social and labor market policy. As full public involvement in the provision of child care is costly, licensing non-public providers can enlarges parental choice and relieve public funds. This paper analyzes the consequences of universal, mixed-market provision of child care for availability and quality by directly comparing public providers to various non-public providers such as welfare organizations, churches and commercial providers. Controlling for regional and socio-demographic differences in participation, results show that non-religious and in particular commercial providers serve the under three-year-olds and respond to the demand for full-day care. Furthermore, they employ more personnel with a tertiary education. Hence, commercial providers can - at least when covering rather low market shares - increase parental choice and contribute to the provision of high-quality child care.
Additional information: First version: September 22, 2008 This version: September 1, 2010 This paper is the revised and retitled version of the paper: Institutional Childcare - An Overview on the German Market ZEW Discussion Paper No. 08-077, Mannheim, 2008. zu finden unter:

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