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Brown bag seminar | How childcare affects incomes and labour supply: Experimental evidence from Uganda

How do childcare subsidies affect women’s and their household’s labor supply and income, and child development? In order to answer these questions, researcher Vincent Somville together with co-authors implemented a field experiment in Uganda. Find out how the experiment went and what their findings may imply in the next SITE brown bag seminar.

Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) cordially invites you to join the hybrid brown bag seminar with Vincent Somville presenting a working paper titled How Childcare Affects Incomes and Labour Supply: Experimental Evidence from Uganda.

How Childcare Affects Incomes and Labour Supply: Experimental Evidence from Uganda

(Co-authors: Kjetil Bjorvatn, Denise Ferris, Selim Gulesci, Arne Nasgowitz & Lore Vandewalle)

Abstract

How do childcare subsidies affect (i) women’s and their household’s labor supply and income, and (ii) child development? In order to answer these questions, we implement a field experiment in Uganda where we randomly offer women with children aged 3-5 access to (i) free childcare (ii) a cash grant (iii) both a cash grant and free childcare. A fourth group of women remain as the control group. Access to childcare increases household income by 30 percent and improves child development substantially, but has limited effects on women’s labor supply and income. Cash grants have similar effects on income but have no significant impact on child development. Our findings imply that access to childcare can be a cost-effective way not only to improve child development but also to increase household income directly.

About the speaker

Vincent Somville is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics of NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Vincent is also affiliated to the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality) and The Choice Lab. Furthermore, he is also Associated Senior Researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen.

Vincent do research in development economics, and have a particular interest in behavioural and experimental economics. He teach Econometrics and Development Economics at NHH.

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