To work or not to work? Child development and maternal labor supply

Frijters, Paul, Johnston, David W., Shah, Manisha, & Shields, Michael A. (2009) To work or not to work? Child development and maternal labor supply. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 1(3), pp. 97-110.

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Abstract

We estimate the effect of early child development on maternal labor force participation. Mothers of poorly developing children may remain at home to care for their children. Alternatively, mothers may enter the labor force to pay for additional educational and health resources. Which action dominates is the empirical question we answer in this paper. We control for the potential endogeneity of child development by using an instrumental variables approach, uniquely exploiting exogenous variation in child development associated with child handedness. We find that a one unit increase in poor child development decreases maternal labor force participation by approximately 10 percentage points.

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ID Code: 31738
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: child development, maternal labor, work, women, economics
ISSN: 1945-7782
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2014 01:29
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2014 01:29

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