How Early Childcare Can Boost the Labour Market Success of Lower-Educated Mothers

In most countries, childbirth has a negative impact on the labour market outcomes of mothers, especially for those with lower socioeconomic status. This column presents findings from a field experiment in Germany demonstrating that access to universal early childcare increases full-time employment and household income of mothers with lower socioeconomic status. To improve the labour market outcomes of these mothers, policymakers must provide easier access to early childcare and expand early childcare slots. 

15. April 2023

Authors Henning Hermes Marina Krauss Philipp Lergetporer Frauke Peter Simon Wiederhold

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