The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the market for childcare

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Purpose: This paper assesses the short-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market for childcare and speculates about potential long-term consequences of pandemic-related policy intervention. Design/methodology/approach: The paper uses basic statistics and data to describe changes in the market for childcare. Findings: Policy responses to the pandemic likely aggravated pre-existing trends in the market for childcare, drove up the cost of production at a time when demand was collapsed because of the pandemic, and ultimately resulted in systematic closures of childcare centers. These closures will be difficult to reverse due to the high cost of entry into the industry and overall low profitability. Research limitations/implications: The study is just a preliminary investigation in its current form that points to future areas of research. Originality/value: This paper summarizes the results of existing studies and draws some basic conclusions about the effects of policy intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-222
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Oct 25 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Urban Studies
  • Strategy and Management


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