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Barbara Petrongolo’s research on family policies featured in the Washington Post


The research work featured in the Washington Post indicates that universal child care might encourage people to have children. The featured analysis “The Economic Consequences of Family Policies: Lessons from a Century of Legislation in High-Income Countries” from 2017 Journal of Economic Perspectives written by economists Claudia Olivetti (Boston College) and Barbara Petrongolo (Queen Mary University of London), found that spending on early-childhood programs tends to be related to an increase in fertility and a decrease in the gender wage gap.



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