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The Demand for Quality in Child Care

Citation

Blau, David M. & Hagy, Alison P. (1998). The Demand for Quality in Child Care. Journal of Political Economy, 106(1), 104-46.

Abstract

We estimate a model of demand for quality‐related attributes of child care: group size, staff/child ratio, and provider training. The model is estimated jointly with equations for mode, expenditure on and hours of care, and the mother's labor supply. The results show that a lower price of child care in a particular mode leads to substitution toward that mode and an increase in the use of paid child care. A decrease in the price of care causes an increase in hours of care demanded and a decrease in the demand for qualityrelated attributes. Income effects on demand for quality are small.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/250004

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Political Economy

Author(s)

Blau, David M.
Hagy, Alison P.

Year Published

1998

Volume Number

106

Issue Number

1

Pages

104-46

Reference ID

882