The Regressive Effects of Childcare Regulations

Featuring Ryan Bourne

Childcare is expensive. Economic evidence suggests childcare prices are driven higher by state‐​level regulations like input requirements designed to improve care quality, including staff‐​qualification requirements and minimum staff‐​to‐​child ratios, with little evidence that they actually work. In this video, Ryan Bourne, the Cato Institute’s R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics discusses the regressive effects of childcare regulations.