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Child sleep and mother labour market outcomes

Costa-I-Font, Joan and Fleche, Sarah (2019) Child sleep and mother labour market outcomes. Journal of Health Economics. ISSN 0167-6296

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2019.102258


We show that sleep deprivation exerts strong negative effects on mothers’ labour market performance. To isolate variations in maternal sleep, we exploit unique variations in child sleep disruption using a UK panel dataset that follows mother-child pairs through time. We find that sleeping one hour less per night on average significantly decreases maternal labour force participation, the number of hours worked and household income. We identify one mechanism driving the effects, namely the influence of maternal sleep on selection into full-time versus part-time work. Increased schedule flexibility for mothers with sufficient tenure mitigates the negative effects of sleep deprivation.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Health Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 09:51
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 00:19

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