ICMEC seminar Thursday 31 May 2018
'Why are disadvantaged children less likely to use formal childcare than their better-off peers? Exploring the Matthew Effect across Europe'
For the second seminar of the 11th international seminar series, ICMEC hosted Dr Wim Van Lancker, Assistant Professor in Social Work and Social Policy at the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Affiliate Researcher with the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
In the course of his career to date, Dr Van Lancker has undertaken extensive research into the impact of the child-centred social investment strategy in 27 EU member states. A consistent finding of research in this area is that the use and therefore the benefits of formal childcare are socially stratified. Public investment in early childhood services disproportionally benefits better-off families, an effect often referred to as the Matthew Effect (ME).
In his presentation, Dr Van Lancker explored the possible roles of supply- and demand-side funding strategies as well as social norms affecting this situation and examined how government interventions might have to change. You can find a link to the PDF version here.
A response to his presentation and introduction to the discussion with the audience was provided by Dr Jana Javornik, Senior Lecturer in Social and Public Policy in UEL's School of Education and Communities and Director of the Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business at UEL.
For the most recent paper on the Matthew Effect in European childcare see here.