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Parental Employment and Child Cognitive Development

Christopher Ruhm;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2000 Journal: The Journal of Human Resources, volume 39, page 155 (issn: 0022-166X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: JSTOR
This study investigates the relationship between parental employment and child cognitive development using data from multiple years of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Maternal labor supply during the first three years of the child's life is predicted to have a small negative effect on the verbal ability of 3 and 4 year olds and a substantial detrimental impact on the reading and math achievement of 5 and 6 year olds. Working during the second and third years appears to have less favorable or more deleterious consequences when the mother is also employed in the first year. The results are robust to the inclusion of controls for day care arrangements or...
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NSF| Economic Conditions, Health Investments, and Health Outcomes
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 9876511
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences | Division of Social and Economic Sciences
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