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Parental Sleep and Employment: Evidence from a British Cohort Study

Joan Costa-Font and Sarah Flèche ()
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CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Abstract: We show that sleep deprivation exerts a strong negative effect on labour market performance. We exploit variations in child sleep quality to instrument for parental sleep quality. A one-hour reduction in sleep duration significantly decreases labour force participation, the number of hours worked and household income. In addition, we find that low-skilled mothers are more likely to opt out of the labour market and work less hours than high-skilled mothers when exposed to sleep deprivation. We argue that sleep is a major determinant of employment outcomes that needs more attention in designing economic models of time allocation and employment policies.

Keywords: child sleep; sleep; maternal employment; working hours; job satisfaction; ALSPAC (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J22 I18 J28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-lma and nep-ltv
Date: 2017-02
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