The Economics of Childcare

With my colleague Chikako Yamauchi, I’m organising a conference next week (Thu 12 March, to be precise) at ANU on ‘The Economics of Childcare’. We officially closed registrations last week, but still have room for a few more if people want to register by the end of next week. Attendance is free for academics and students, on the basis that one of the purposes of the conference is to promote more research on the topic.* For non-academics, it’s $195. The full program is below. You can download the academic flyer here and the non-academic flyer here.

 8.15-8.30am Coffee & Registration 

8.30-8.45am Lisa Paul, Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Opening speech 

8.45-9.45am David Blau, Ohio State University [with Wilbert van der Klaauw] What Determines Family Structure?                               

Discussant:  Alison Booth, Australian National University 

9.45-10.15am Morning Tea

10.15-11.15am Chikako Yamauchi, Australian National University The Effect of Child Care Centre Openings on Child Care Arrangement and Maternal Labor Supply        

Discussant:  Bob Breunig, Australian National University

11.15-12.15pm Stephen Whelan, University of Sydney [with Anu Rammohan and Chikako Yamauchi] Child Care Subsidies and Well-being of Families: Evidence from Australia’s Introduction of Child Care Tax Rebate           

Discussant:  Xiaodong Gong, Australian Treasury

12.15-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-2.30pm Michael Keane, University of Technology, Sydney Childcare and Child Cognitive Development      

Discussant:  Tue Gorgens, Australian National University 

2.30-3.30pm Andrew Leigh [with Chikako Yamauchi] Which Children Benefit from Formal Daycare?

Discussant:  Gigi Foster, University of South Australia

3.30-4.00pm Afternoon Tea

4.00-5.00pm What Principles Should Guide Childcare Policy? (Policy Roundtable)

Participants: Michele Bruniges (Director of the Australian Government’s Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care, DEEWR), David Blau and Michael Keane.

Chair: Chikako Yamauchi 


* Admittedly, the academic/non-academic split is a crude way of subsidising research. Perhaps next time we should ask attendees to post a bond for attendance, refundable as soon as you’ve published something on the topic that is credibly connected to the event.

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1 Response to The Economics of Childcare

  1. Canberra Bureaucrat says:

    G’day Andrew, welcome back.

    Will papers/presentations from the conference be available?


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