Title
Taxing care: enhancing the childcareTaxing care: enhancing the childcare
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Research group
Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerpen :Centre for Social Policy, [*]
Subject
Sociology
Source (series)
CSB working paper ; 2010:1
Volume/pages
26 p.
1
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article introduces the idea of a childcare time benefit that reconciles three ambitions: to reach a high level of labour market participation, to revalue parental childcare time and to enhance the freedom to choose in the reconciliation of work and family life. The proposed benefit is based on the pattern of effective childcare time in society, that declines with the ageing of the children. This decline defines a clear path over time with increasing monetary incentives to (re)turn to the labour market. Furthermore, the benefit is unconditional and, thus, does not direct parents in their choice between parental care and care services. Simulation of first round effects of the benefit on Belgian households suggests a disincentive for life-long retreat from the labour market, while offering monetary gains for homemakers with young children. Moreover, single parents see their poverty risk decline by more than a quarter.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/ab3ba1/c8bd7aa5.pdf
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