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Karsten Hank, Katja Tillmann and Gert G. Wagner (2001)

Institutional Child Care in Eastern Germany before and after Unification. A Comparison with Western Germany in the Years 1990-1999*

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 26, 1/2001, p. 55-65, Opladen: Verlag Leske + Budrich, ISSN: 0340-2398

The paper provides first a concise overview of institutional child care arrangements and their extent in the former GDR. Then institutional and infrastructural changes since German re-unification in 1990 are briefly discussed. In the empirical part, data from the German Socio Economic Panel (GSOEP) for the period 1990 to 1999 are used to analyse the actual day-care situation for children living in eastern Germany. The paper concludes with considerations of the consequences of a changing child care situation for the opportunities of women (particularly mothers) in the New Länder to participate in the labour force.

* Original title: Außerhäusliche Kinderbetreuung in Ostdeutschland vor und nach der Wiedervereinigung: Ein Vergleich mit Westdeutschland in den Jahren 1990-1999 (full text in German only)

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