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Childcare use and its role in indigenous child development: Evidence from the longitudinal study of indigenous children in Australia

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posted on 08.01.2019 by Fran Azpitarte, Abraham Chigavazira, Guyonne Kalb, Brad Farrant, Francisco Perales, Stephen R. Zubrick
© 2018 Economic Society of Australia We investigate patterns of childcare use and its influence on the cognitive development of Indigenous children. The influence of childcare on Indigenous children's cognitive outcomes is less well understood than for non-Indigenous children due to a lack of appropriate data. We focus on a cohort of Indigenous children in Australia who have been followed from infancy and for whom rich information on childcare use and cognitive outcomes is observed. Compared to Indigenous children who never participated in childcare, Indigenous children who participated in childcare performed better on several early cognitive outcomes. Using regression and propensity score matching, we show that this difference is driven by selection into childcare, with children from more advantaged families being more likely to attend formal childcare. However, matching analysis results suggest that relatively disadvantaged children might benefit more from attending childcare, as indicated by the positive estimated effects found for those who never attended childcare.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Economic Record

Volume

95

Issue

308

Pages

1-33

Citation

AZPITARTE, F. ... et al., 2018. Childcare use and its role in indigenous child development: Evidence from the longitudinal study of indigenous children in Australia. Economic Record, 95 (308), pp.1-33.

Publisher

© Economic Society of Australia. Published by Wiley

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: AZPITARTE, F. ... et al., 2018. Childcare use and its role in indigenous child development: Evidence from the longitudinal study of indigenous children in Australia. Economic Record, 95 (308), pp.1-33, which has been published in final form at. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions

Publication date

2018-11-15

ISSN

0013-0249

eISSN

1475-4932

Language

en

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