Who looks after the kids? the effects of childcare choice on early childhood development in China*

Zhang, Jing and Appleton, Simon and Song, Lina and Liu, Bing (2021) Who looks after the kids? the effects of childcare choice on early childhood development in China*. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics . ISSN 0305-9049

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Abstract

This paper examines whether childcare choice affects the early childhood development of children aged 7–59 months. Using the data from Chinese Family Panel Studies, we look at household choices between parental and grandparental cares and the timing of four key early life achievements – walking, talking, counting and toilet training. We conceptualize early childhood development within a household production model, which enables us to identify the impacts of childcare. Our results suggest that compared with parental care, grandparental care delays the achievement of all four outcome measures. Grandparental care is particularly disadvantageous for children who are ‘left-behind’ by migrant parents.

Item Type: Article
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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/obes.12410
Depositing User: Yu, Tiffany
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2021 08:50
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2021 08:50
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/65126

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