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Reassessing the role of child care costs in the work and care decisions of Australian families

Cobb Clark, Deborah A; Liu, Amy Y.C.; Mitchell, Deborah


This paper reassesses how the costs associated with child care influence Australian families’ decisions about their work and child care arrangements. Using data from the Negotiating the Life Course Survey, we suggest that the cost of care may not be an important barrier to labour market participation. Non-employed mothers do not cite child care as the barrier preventing them from working and many two-earner families appear to be able to adjust their schedules so as to avoid paying child care...[Show more]

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Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Australian Bulletin of Labour


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