• Economics
  • Published 2013

Does the Expansion of Public Child Care Increase Birth Rates? Evidence from a Low-Fertility Country

@inproceedings{Bauernschuster2013DoesTE,
  title={Does the Expansion of Public Child Care Increase Birth Rates? Evidence from a Low-Fertility Country},
  author={Stefan Bauernschuster and Timo Hener and Helmut Rainer},
  year={2013}
}
Germany has the lowest birth rate among all OECD countries. To encourage fertility, the federal government has recently introduced a set of reforms that led to a substantial expansion of public child care for under three year old children. Using administrative county-level data, we exploit within-county variation in this expansion and find evidence that the provision of public child care causes an increase in birth rates. Extended empirical specifications suggest that our results are neither… CONTINUE READING

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