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Title: The effect of the universal child care cash benefit on female labour supply in Spain
Authors: Hernández Alemán, Anastasia 
León González, Carmelo 
Marquez-Ramos, Laura
UNESCO Clasification: 531202 Servicios comunitarios, sociales e individuales
Keywords: Female labour supply
Spanish "Baby Bonus"
DiD Method
Issue Date: 2017
Journal: Estudios De Economia Aplicada 
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to measure the potential and real effect of universal child care cash benefit schemes on female labour supply. This subsidy, which was considered ground-breaking due to the fact that it was available to all, was introduced through the Spanish Government Act 35/2007 (BOE, 2007) and was in effect until 2010. Known as the "baby bonus", this subsidy of (sic)2,500 per child born aimed to increase the birth rate in Spain. The introduction of this family policy provides a unique setting for a quasi-experiment, using semi-parametric DiD analysis and individual panel data sourced from the EU-SILC dataset. The results provide evidence of the positive effect of a cash-for-care subsidy that reduces the costs of a new child and increases female labour supply.
ISSN: 1133-3197
Source: Estudios de Economía Aplicada [ISSN 1133-3197], v. 35 (3), p. 801-818
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