This paper analyzes changes in child care arrangements of a sample of children from the Youth Cohort of the National Longitudinal Surveys, over the first three years of life. The analysis indicates that turnover in child care arrangements is surprisingly low among this sample and is more common among families of higher socioeconomic status. Child care turnover is positively correlated with mothers' employment turnover, but is not correlated with changes in mothers' marital status or additional births. Turnover in child care arrangements is highly correlated over time, due mainly to the effects of observed variables and unobserved characteristics of the mothers.
Turnover in Child Care Arrangements. David M. Blau and Philip K. Robins. The Review of Economics and Statistics , Vol. 73, No. 1 (Feb., 1991), pp. 152-157. Published by: The MIT Press.