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Nurseries and crèches: what impact do they have on the development of children under three?

Insights from research at HEC Lausanne-UNIL
An ever-increasing number of mothers with young children are returning to work. Governments are investigating the advantages and disadvantages of nurseries compared with home-based care, in the light of future investments in child-care facilities. A response from Prof. Rafael Lalive, HEC Lausanne (UNIL), and his co-author, in a study published on the HECimpact website.


Questions around the impact of nurseries and crèches on the development of young children (from birth to three years), in terms of language, motor skills or socio-emotional aspects, are not only of interest to parents and families.

Political decision-makers are also taking a close interest in the issue, to explore how to respond to the growing demand for crèche and nursery places and identify appropriate measures. Will investing in new day-care facilities have any kind of influence on the development of future generations, for example, in terms of school performance or equality of opportunity for children from less affluent backgrounds?

The article " The case for investing in good quality early child care ", published on HEC Lausanne’s research blog, outlines the results of the research carried out by Prof. Lalive and his co-author Christina Felfe (University of St Gallen) and will enlighten readers on the political and socioeconomic measures that should be prioritized in this field.

Get to know more about:

: a professor of applied economics and econometrics, Rafael Lalive’s research interests lie in both academic and applied aspects of social economics, the economics of work, public economics and micro econometrics.

: Research in the Department of Economics focuses on the areas of health, industrial, public, spatial, experimental and national economics along with theoretical and applied econometrics, finance and European integration.