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Child Care Availability and First-Birth Timing in Norway

Citation

Rindfuss, Ronald R; .; Guilkey, David K.; Morgan, S. Philip; Kravdal, Øystein; & Guzzo, Karen Benjamin (2007). Child Care Availability and First-Birth Timing in Norway. Demography, 44(2), 345-372. PMCID: PMC2917182

Abstract

Both sociological and economic theories posit that widely available, high-quality, and affordable child care should have pronatalist effects. Yet to date, the empirical evidence has not consistently supported this hypothesis. We argue that this previous empirical work has been plagued by the inability to control for endogenous placement of day care centers and the possibility that people migrate to take advantage of the availability of child care facilities. Using Norwegian register data and a statistically defensible fixed-effects model, we find strong positive effects of day care availability on the transition to motherhood.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/dem.2007.0017

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2007

Journal Title

Demography

Author(s)

Rindfuss, Ronald R
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Guilkey, David K.
Morgan, S. Philip
Kravdal, Øystein
Guzzo, Karen Benjamin

PMCID

PMC2917182