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Over-education and childcare time

Aleksander Kucel () and Montserrat Vilalta-Bufi ()
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Aleksander Kucel: ESCSET, Tecnocampus, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

No 2019/391, UB Economics Working Papers from Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, UB School of Economics

Abstract: Research shows that over-education has negative effects on individuals in terms of their wage and job satisfaction. In this paper, we study the intergenerational implications of over-education via childcare time. We analyze whether being over-educated affects the time mothers devote to take care of their children. We use the American Time Use Survey from 2004 to 2017. We find that over-educated mothers devote less time to primary childcare than they would do were they matched. The effect of being a college graduate mother on primary childcare time during weekdays is significantly lower when she is over-educated. Results suggest that being over-educated is not a deliberate choice prioritizing family over career.

Keywords: Labour & Demographic Economics; Economics of Education. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 J13 J22 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2019
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