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Behavioral barriers and the socioeconomic gap in child care enrollment

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Authors and Corporations: Hermes, Henning (Author), Lergetporer, Philipp (Author), Peter, Frauke (Author), Wiederhold, Simon (Author)
Other Authors: Lergetporer, Philipp 1986- [Author] • Peter, Frauke 1979- [Author] • Wiederhold, Simon 1982- [Author]
Type of Resource: E-Book
Language: English
Berlin DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research 2021
Series: Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung: Discussion papers ; 1970
Source: Verbunddaten SWB
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Summary: Children with lower socioeconomic status (SES) tend to benefit more from early child care, but are substantially less likely to be enrolled. We study whether reducing behavioral barriers in the application process increases enrollment in child care for lower-SES children. In our RCT in Germany with highly subsidized child care (n > 600), treated families receive application information and personal assistance for applications. For lower-SES families, the treatment increases child care application rates by 21 pp and enrollment rates by 16 pp. Higher-SES families are not affected by the treatment. Thus, alleviating behavioral barriers closes half of the SES gap in early child care enrollment.
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