The cost of child care varies from state to state and ranges from $3,911 to $11,669 per year. Does the cost deter women from entering the labor force? I use an ordinary least squares (OLS) regression model to investigate whether states with higher costs of child care have lower female labor force participation rates (LFPR). I find that the cost of child care is a significant factor in the labor force participation model, but doesn’t have the expected negative impact.
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"Differences in Child Care Costs Between States and Their Influence on Female Labor Force Participation,"
Major Themes in Economics, 15, 23-35.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/mtie/vol15/iss1/4