Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #686

The Effects of After-School Programs on Maternal Employment

by Fabian Dehos and Marie Paul

RGS, RUB, RWI, 04/2017, 40 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-796-0 DOI: 10.4419/86788796



This paper evaluates the impact of a massive expansion of after-school programs (ASPs) on the labor market participation of mothers with primary school children in the West German context of relatively low full-time employment rates. Using an instrumental variables approach we exploit regional and temporal variation in the provision of federal ASP starting grants by a nationwide investment program. Results suggest that additional ASP places had no effect on working hours or the employment probability of mothers with primary school children.

JEL-Classification: J13, J21, J22

Keywords: Maternal employment; after-school programs; instrumental variables