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Juan Chaparro

School of Economics and Finance
Universidad EAFIT
Carrera 49 # 7 Sur - 50
Medellin, Colombia, South America

E-Mail: jcchaparrc@eafit.edu.co
Institutional Affiliation: Universidad EAFIT (Medellin, Colombia)

NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2020Early Childhood Care and Cognitive Development
with Aaron Sojourner, Matthew J. Wiswall: w26813
This paper combines multiple sources of information on early childhood development in a unified model for analysis of a wide range of early childhood policy interventions. We develop a model of child care in which households decide both the quantities and qualities of maternal and non-maternal care along with maternal labor supply. The model introduces a novel parenting-effort channel, whereby child care subsidies that permit less parenting may enable better parenting. To estimate the model, we combine observational data with experimental data from the Infant Health and Development Program (IHDP) which randomly assigned free child care when the child was 1 and 2 years old. We estimate a cognitive skill production function and household preferences, giving insight into mechanisms driving th...
 
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