Vincent Somville

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Vincent Somville

NHH Norwegian School of Economics
Childcare, labor supply, and business development: Experimental evidence from Uganda

IBD Salle 21

Îlot Bernard du Bois - Salle 21

5-9 boulevard Maurice Bourdet
13001 Marseille

Wednesday, March 27 2024| 11:30am to 12:45pm

Cecilia Garcia Peñalosa: cecilia.garcia-penalosa[at]


We randomly offered a childcare subsidy, an equivalent cash grant, or both to mothers of three-to-five-year-old children. The childcare subsidy substantially increased labor supply and earnings of single mothers, highlighting the importance of time constraints for them. Among couples, childcare did not affect mothers’ labor market outcomes but instead increased fathers’ salaried employment. At the household level, childcare led to higher income, consumption and improved child development. Cash grants positively affected mothers’ labor supply and income irrespective of the household structure, suggesting the general importance of credit constraints for women’s business development.

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