Simone Schüller: Parents under Stress – Evaluating Emergency Childcare Policies during the first COVID-19 Lockdown in Germany (Online)

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Parents under Stress – Evaluating Emergency Childcare Policies during the first COVID-19 Lockdown in Germany (with H.S. Steinberg)

With the participation of Simone Schüller, German Youth Institute

Language: the seminar is held in English.

Abstract : What are the effects of school and daycare facility closures during the COVID-19 pandemic on parental well-being and parenting behavior? Can emergency childcare policies during a pandemic mitigate increases in parental stress and negative parenting behavior? To answer these questions, this study leverages cross-state variation in emergency childcare eligibility rules during the first COVID-19 lockdown in Germany and draws on unique data from the 2019 and 2020 waves of the German AID:A family panel. Employing a triple-differences approach we identify short- to medium-term intention-to-treat effects and find that while emergency care policies did not considerably affect parents’ life satisfaction, partnership satisfaction or mental health, they have been effective in diminishing harsh parenting behavior. We find partly gendered effects, specifically on paternal parenting behavior. Our results suggest that decreasing parental well-being likely constitutes a general effect of the pandemic, whereas the observed increase in negative and potentially harmful parenting behavior is largely directly caused by school and daycare facility closures.



  • Simone Schüller is a researcher at the German Youth Institute (DJI) since 2020. Previously, she held positions as an economist at the ifo Center for Industrial Organisation and New Technologies (Munich, Germany), research fellow at FBK-IRVAPP in Trento (Italy), resident research affiliate at IZA (Bonn, Germany), research associate at DIW (Berlin, Germany) and young graduate trainee at ESA (Noordwijk, The Netherlands). She studied economics in Mainz, Pisa and Leipzig and received her PhD in economics from FU Berlin in 2013. Her research interests include applied microeconomics, policy evaluation, migration, education, family economics and new technologies.


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Registration closed on 24/10/2022.

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