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The Child Care Labor Market

Citation

Blau, David M. (1992). The Child Care Labor Market. Journal of Human Resources, 27, 9-39.

Abstract

This study provides the first systematic analysis of the labor market behavior and characteristics of child care workers in the United States. A nationally representative sample of over 4,000 child care workers from the 1977-87 March Current Population Surveys is used to provide an analysis of the characteristics of child care workers and to estimate a model of wages. The results indicate that child care workers' wages are generally unaffected by government subsidies and regulations, suggesting that the supply of child care labor is relatively elastic. Wages of child care workers have remained constant relative to other workers' wages from 1976-86 despite substantial real increases in child care subsidies. Relative wages of different classes of child care workers have also remained constant.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/145911

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Human Resources

Author(s)

Blau, David M.

Year Published

1992

Volume Number

27

Pages

9-39

Reference ID

16