Erdal Tekin

  • Current position:
    Professor, Department of Public Administration & Policy, American University, Washington, DC, USA
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Consultant to the World Bank
  • Research interest:
    Health economics, demographic economics, economics of crime
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  • Affiliations:
    American University and NBER, USA, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, USA
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    I'm excited to be a part of this innovative project. I hope that policymakers and academics alike will find World of Labor a useful way to quickly learn the latest state of research on a wide range of issues in labor policy
  • Selected publications:
    • "Is there a link between foreclosure and health?" American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (Forthcoming) (with J. Currie).
    • "Understanding the cycle: Childhood maltreatment and future crime." Journal of Human Resources 47:2 (2012): 509–549 (with J. Currie).
    • "Ugly criminals." The Review of Economics and Statistics 92:1 (2010): 15–30 (with H. N. Mocan).
    • "Childcare subsidies, wages, and employment of single mothers." Journal of Human Resources 42:2 (2007).
    • "Nonprofit sector and part-time work: An analysis of employer-employee matched data on child care workers." The Review of Economics and Statistics 85:1 (2003): 38–50 (with H. N. Mocan).
  • Articles

Childcare subsidy policy: What it can and cannot accomplish

What are the implications of childcare subsidies for care quality, family well-being, and child development?

July 2014

10.15185/izawol.43 43

by Erdal Tekin Tekin, E

Most public expenditure on childcare in the US 
is made through a federal program, the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), established as 
part of landmark welfare reform legislation in 1996. The main goal of the reform was to increase employment and reduce welfare dependence among low-income families. Childcare subsidies have been effective in enabling parents to work, but apparently at some cost to the well-being of parents and children.