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Maternity leave and children’s cognitive and behavioral development

Michael Baker and Kevin Milligan ()

Journal of Population Economics, 2015, vol. 28, issue 2, 373-391

Abstract: We investigate the impact of maternity leave on the cognitive and behavioral development of children at ages 4 and 5, following up previous research on these children at younger ages. The impact is identified by legislated increases in the duration of maternity leave in Canada, which significantly increased the amount of first-year maternal care. Our results indicate no positive effect on indices of children’s cognitive and behavioral development. We uncover a small negative impact on PPVT scores. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

Keywords: Maternity leave; Child development; Children; Cognitive development; J13; I18; J38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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