Helpt kinderopvang de herintreding van moeders stimuleren? | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0169-2216
  • E-ISSN: 2468-9424


Does more childcare stimulate mothers to re-enter the labour market?

Does more childcare stimulate mothers to re-enter the labour market?

Previous research has shown that the supply of formal childcare facilities has a positive effect on the labour market participation of mothers with young children. When the supply of childcare facilities is higher, the probability that a female keeps on working after the birth of a child is larger. But does childcare also helps non-working mothers to join the labour force? This research shows that it is not the case. The research was carried out on administrative panel data to which data on the regional supply of childcare and the regional demand for labour were matched. It shows that the supply of childcare does not play a significant role in the re-entry in the labour market of mothers. The age of the child and the demand for labour in the region play an important role.


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