The quality of time spent with children in Australian households

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Using data from the 1992 and 1997 Australian Time Use Surveys, we explore patterns in the quality of child care time spent by parents in Australia. Drawing on existing research, we construct and evaluate four alternative ways of defining child care quality. We estimate censored regression models of the time parents spend in high-quality child care, lower-quality child care, and market work according to these different definitions. We find that seemingly small changes in how the quality of time spent caring for children is conceptualized markedly affect the conclusions we draw about the associations of different household and personal characteristics with parents' child care time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-266
Number of pages24
JournalReview of Economics of the Household
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • Australia
  • Child care quality
  • Time diary data


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