Investing in free universal childcare in South Africa, Turkey and Uruguay: A comparative analysis of costs, short-term employment effects and fiscal revenue

Year: 
2019
Author: 
Jerome De Henau, Debbie Budlender, Fernando Filgueira, Ipek Ilkkaracan, Kijong Kim, and Rafael Mantero
Synopsis: 
This discussion paper makes the case for investing in free universal childcare services of high quality in order to reduce gender inequality in earnings and employment. It estimates the employment-generating and fiscal effects of investing in free universal childcare in three middle income countries: South Africa, Uruguay, and Turkey. It calculates the total annual costs of investing in high-quality childcare services that would cover the entire population of children below primary school age, using parameters relevant to each national context.
Commissioned by: 
UN Women