Early child care and child outcomes: the role of grandparents Evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study

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In this paper, we focus on the impact of early grandparents’ care on child cognitive\r
outcomes, in the short and medium term, using data from the Millennium Cohort Study\r
(UK). Compared with children looked after in a formal care centre, children cared by\r
grandparents (as well as parents) are better in naming objects, but worse in tests concerning\r
basic concepts development, problem-solving, mathematical concepts and constructing\r
ability. These results hide strong heterogeneities: on the one hand, the positive association\r
between family care and child outcomes is stronger for children in more advantaged\r
households; on the other hand, the negative association is significant only for children in\r
more disadvantaged households. In order to assess a causal link between early care and\r
child outcomes, we employ panel methods and instrumental variables techniques. The\r
results we obtain confirm the cross section results.

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  • Daniela Piazzalunga and Chiara Pronzato Daniela Del Boca

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