Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Sandra Buchholz, Johanna Dämmrich, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Yuliya Kosyakova and Jan Skopek
Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Sandra Buchholz, Johanna Dämmrich, Patricia McMullin and Hans-Peter Blossfeld
Daniela Vono de Vilhena, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Susanne Schührer and Hans-Peter Blossfeld
An International Comparison from a Life-course Perspective
Edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Daniela Vono de Vilhena and Sandra Buchholz
Aleksi Karhula, Jani Erola and Elina Kilpi-Jakonen
The Finnish day care system is considered to be one of the most universalistic in the world. Day care is heavily subsidized by the state and completely free for low-income families. Yet compared to other Nordic countries a substantially higher number, 40 per cent of children aged one to five, are taken care of at home. In this chapter we show that day care is positively associated with later educational outcomes in the Finnish context. Half or more of this advantage is explained by the positive selection into day care of children with highly educated parents. Further analysis indicates that the remaining association is either due to selection on other family background factors, or is mediated by lower family income and weaker labour market ties of the parents. Although some previous studies have found heterogeneous effects, we find them to be similar for all levels of parental education.