The Impact of Regulations on the Supply and Quality of Care in Child Care Markets.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examine the impact of state child care regulations on the supply and quality of care in child care markets. We exploit panel data on both individual establishments and local markets to control for state, time, and, where possible, establishment-specific fixed effects to mitigate the potential bias due to policy endogeneity. We find that the imposition of regulations reduces the number of center-based child care establishments, especially in lower income markets. However, such regulations increase the quality of services provided, especially in higher income areas. Thus, there are winners and losers from the regulation of child care services.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Joseph Hotz, V; Xiao, M

Published Date

  • August 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 101 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1775 - 1805

PubMed ID

  • 24991060

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4076055

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1944-7981

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-8282

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/aer.101.5.1775


  • eng