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Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes

Costa-Font, Joan () and Sarah Flèche ()
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Costa-Font, Joan: London School of Economics

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No 11755, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We show that sleep deprivation exerts strong negative effects on mothers' labour market performance. To isolate exogenous variations in maternal sleep, we exploit unique variations in child sleep disruption using a UK panel dataset that follows mother-child pairs through time. We find that sleeping one hour less per night on average significantly decreases maternal labour force participation, the number of hours worked, and household income. We identify one mechanism driving the effects, namely the influence of maternal sleep on selection into full-time versus part-time work. Increased schedule flexibility for mothers with sufficient tenure mitigates the negative effects of sleep deprivation.

Keywords: child sleep; sleep; maternal employment; working hours; workplace flexibility; ALSPAC (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J22 I18 J28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-08
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