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Investing in subsidized childcare to reduce poverty

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Publication date

29 Aug 2019

Summary

Expanding childcare is often considered as a suitable way to enhance employment opportunities for mothers with young children as well as to reduce child poverty. In this study, the authors critically investigate this assertion by simulating a set of scenarios of increasing subsidized childcare slots and mothers’ employment. For a variety of European welfare states, the impact on poverty and on the government’s budget is estimated using the European microsimulation model EUROMOD. The findings suggest that to achieve significant poverty reductions among young children, both additional childcare slots and increased mothers’ employment should be well targeted. The expenditures for additional childcare slots can to a large extent be recovered by the government receipts generated by the additional employment; however, there appears to be a trade-off between the extra revenue that can be generated and the extent of poverty reduction.

Published in

Journal of European Social Policy

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/0958928719868448

Subjects

Child Development, Labour Market, Poverty, Public Policy, Welfare Benefits, Microsimulation, and Caregiving

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - https://lib.essex.ac.uk/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1656027?lang=eng

Notes

Online Early


Related publications

  1. Investing in subsidized childcare to reduce child poverty: an adequate strategy?

    Tine Hufkens, Francesco Figari, Dieter Vandelannoote, et al.

    1. Child Development
    2. Labour Market
    3. Poverty
    4. Public Policy
    5. Welfare Benefits
    6. Microsimulation
    7. Caregiving

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