Econ Active Research Lunch - Lunch @ 11:30, Presentation @ 12 in UH850
Presenter: Jason Ward
Title: The Four-day School Week and Maternal Labor Supply
This study examines the effects of an unusual contraction in public school provision by districts that adopt a four-day school week on maternal employment. Using a triple difference approach, I estimate large reductions in unconditional maternal employment and usual hours worked by those remaining employed among two-parent households with school-aged children in Colorado, a state with extensive adoption of the schedule. I estimate zero effects among fathers on both measures. This change affects the school schedule for children of every age, thereby affecting parents for a much longer duration than expansions of pre-k or kindergarten, the most common policy setting in the recent literature. Associated income reductions among these families appear to be dramatically larger than the savings typically accruing to districts adopting the four-day schedule.