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Juan Carlos Lopez
Economics, Labor force, Mothers, Children, Health
I estimate the effect of poor child health on maternal labor force participation. Mothers of health-impaired children may decide not to work and stay at home to take care of their children. Alternatively, mothers may choose to enter the labor force to pay for these children’s additional resources. Which action dominates is the empirical question I answer in this paper. I control for the potential endogeneity of a child’s health status by using an instrumental variables approach. I find that if mothers have a child in poor health, the probability that the mother works is decreased by thirteen percentage points, and the work hours of employed mothers are reduced by approximately nine percent.
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Tavangar, Termeh, "Children’s Health and Maternal Work Activities" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1999.
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