This project addresses three major research questions, each focused on families receiving child care subsidies: First, what is the effect of Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) ratings on choice of provider? Second, what is the effect of distance on choice of provider? Third, what role do changes in local supply versus changes in preferences play in explaining the declining use of family child care in the subsidized population? We will answer these research questions by using extremely rich administrative data to estimate a nested logit model of provider choice for a subsidy-receiving population. Through a data sharing agreement, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided seven years of de-identified administrative data from the CCDBG-funded Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which we have geocoded to obtain household and provider locations. This data set is supplemented by merging it with provider characteristics and additional data on QRIS ratings and provider history provided by DHS.
Provider Choice in a CCDBG-Subsidized Population: The Role of QRIS, Distance, Local Supply Variation, and Household Characteristics
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