Access to Affordable Daycare and Women’s Economic Opportunities: Evidence from a Cluster-Randomised Intervention in India

Parul Agarwal, Anoushaka Chandrashekar, Sam Harper


In this paper, the authors used data from a cluster-randomized trial in rural Rajasthan, India to evaluate the impact of providing access to a community-based daycare program on women’s economic outcomes two years later. The sample included 2858 mothers with age-eligible children. Providing access to daycare led 43% of households to utilize them. The intervention reduced time on childcare by 16 minutes/day and increased the probabilities that women were paid in cash and spent time during the prior day on paid work.


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Financial Well-being and Social Protection