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Early maternal employment and non-cognitive outcomes in early childhood and adolescence: evidence from British birth cohort data

Lekfuangfu, Warn N., Powdthavee, Nattavudh, Clark, Andrew E. and Ward, George (2015) Early maternal employment and non-cognitive outcomes in early childhood and adolescence: evidence from British birth cohort data. CEP Discussion Paper (1380). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

We analyse the relationship between early maternal employment and child emotional and behavioural outcomes in early childhood and adolescence. Using rich data from a cohort of children born in the UK in the early 1990s, we find little evidence of a strong statistical relationship between early maternal employment and any of the emotional outcomes. However, there is some evidence that children whose mother is in full-time employment at the 18th month have worse behavioural outcomes at ages 4, 7, and 12.We suggest that these largely insignificant results may in part be explained by mothers who return tofull-time work earlier being able to compensate their children: we highlight the role of fathers’ time investment and alternative childcare arrangements in this respect.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 15:14
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 12:25
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64990

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