Mother’s Time Allocation, Child Care and Child Cognitive Development
No 695, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics
This paper analyzes the effects of maternal employment and non-parental child care on child cognitive development, taking into account the mother's time allocation between leisure and child-care time. I estimate a behavioral model, in which maternal labor supply, non-parental child care and time allocation decisions are considered to be endogenous choices of the mother, and the child cognitive development depends on maternal and non-parental child care. The results show that the mother's child-care time is more productive than non-parental child care, at any age of the child. This implies that a reduction in a mother's child-care time, induced by a higher labor supply, may not be compensated for by the increase in non-parental child care use, and, hence, may lead to a negative effect on the child's cognitive ability. The estimation of a counterfactual model where a mother can only allocate her time between child care and work shows that neglecting the mother's time allocation choice between child care and leisure overestimates the productivity of a mother's time with the child.
Keywords: mother employment; mother time allocation; non-parental child care; child development; structural estimation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C15 D13 J13 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 48 pages
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