Paternal child care and children's development

Susan L. Averett, Lisa Gennetian, H. Elizabeth Peters

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This paper uses the NLSY-Child data to assess the effects on cognitive and social-emotional development of father care as a child care arrangement among children in two-parent families with working mothers. Our results show that father care for infants is no better or worse than other types of arrangements. However, toddlers in non-paternal modes of child care (e.g., relatives, family day care or center care) have slightly better cognitive outcomes than those whose fathers provided care. Although our analyses do not provide a definitive explanation for this finding, there is a substantial influx of fathers in our data who provide child care in years 2 and 3 and these fathers appear compositionally different from fathers who provided care during a child's infancy. In particular, there is some indication that these fathers who are newly providing care during a child's toddler years may be temporary care providers due to changing economic circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-414
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

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Paternal child care and children's development. / Averett, Susan L.; Gennetian, Lisa; Peters, H. Elizabeth.

In: Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 18, No. 3, 01.09.2005, p. 391-414.

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Averett, Susan L. ; Gennetian, Lisa ; Peters, H. Elizabeth. / Paternal child care and children's development. In: Journal of Population Economics. 2005 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 391-414.
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