Cash-for-care policy in Sweden : an appraisal of its consequences on female employment
Title: Cash-for-care policy in Sweden : an appraisal of its consequences on female employment
Citation: International journal of social welfare, 2017, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 49–62
ISSN: 1369-6866; 1468-2397
In 2008, Sweden introduced a cash-for-care benefit consisting of a flat-rate sum paid by municipalities to parents of children between the ages of one and three who did not use publicly subsidized childcare. The main object of the reform was to increase parents’ ‘freedom to choose’, but the policy was criticized because of its potentially negative effects on gender equality and mothers’ employment. This study focuses on the effects of cash-for-care on female employment in Sweden. The study shows that the adoption of this policy had negative effects on female employment rates and female employment growth rates in non-urban areas. Cash-for-care was abolished in Sweden in 2016, but similar policies are still in place in other Scandinavian countries. This research contributes to the debate on family policy and its developments, in particular in Scandinavian countries.
Accepted for publication 7 June 2016. Version of Record online: 21 SEP 2016.; This is the accepted version of the following article: International journal of social welfare, 2017, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 49–62, which has been published in final form at [http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12229]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Wiley Self-Archiving Policy [http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html].
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