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The Supply of Child Care Labor

Citation

Blau, David M. (1993). The Supply of Child Care Labor. Journal of Labor Economics, 11, 324-47.

Abstract

This article presents estimates of the elasticity of supply of labor to child care. This parameter is an important determinant of the effects of child care subsidies and regulations on the cost of child care. Using data from the Current Population Survey, there is evidence of an elasticity in the range of 1.2-1.9. This implies that the majority of the benefits of child care subsidies accrue to consumers of child care. It is also consistent with the fact that child care workers' wages remained flat in real terms in recent years, despite rapid growth in the demand for child care.

URL

https://www.jstor.org/stable/2535284

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Labor Economics

Author(s)

Blau, David M.

Year Published

1993

Volume Number

11

Pages

324-47

Reference ID

17