Quotation Pennerstorfer, Astrid, Pennerstorfer, Dieter. 2021. Inequalities in Spatial Accessibility of Childcare: The Role of Non-profit Providers. Journal of Social Policy. 50 (1), 122-147.




Equal access to childcare services is a key concern of childcare policy. This article analyses social inequalities in the availability of such services. We explore how observed disparities are related to the socio-economic status of neighbourhoods and investigate how different provider types contribute to such differences. To do so, we use data on all childcare centres in the city of Vienna, Austria, on the spatial distribution of children aged under six and on three measures of neighbourhood status, over a period of eight years. We find that spatial accessibility is highest in neighbourhoods with the highest socio-economic status, that such inequality has increased over time and that both effects can be attributed to the role of non-profits. The results indicate that the policy change undertaken in Vienna towards increased communitarisation – that is, a shift towards non-profit provision – has undermined the universal character of the city’s childcare system.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Social Policy
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new WH-B
Language English
Title Inequalities in Spatial Accessibility of Childcare: The Role of Non-profit Providers
Volume 50
Number 1
Year 2021
Page from 122
Page to 147
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-social-policy/article/inequalities-in-spatial-accessibility-of-childcare-the-role-of-nonprofit-providers/865E7874B9EA4D636A7229CF266351D6
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279419000990
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/865E7874B9EA4D636A7229CF266351D6/S0047279419000990a.pdf/inequalities_in_spatia


Pennerstorfer, Astrid (Details)
Pennerstorfer, Dieter (JKU Linz, Austria)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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