Single Mothers’ Time Preference, Smoking, and Enriching Childcare: Evidence from Time Diaries
Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia
U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Division of Productivity Research & Program Development
Union College - Department of Economics
April 6, 2013
Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2013, pp. 227-225.
Previous research has shown that time preference affects individuals’ market time allocation and own human capital investments. This paper uses data from the CPS Tobacco Use Supplements, the American Time Use Survey, and the PSID-Child Development Supplement to examine how time preference, as measured by smoking behavior, affects mothers’ time investments in their children under age 13 and children’s future test scores. Results indicate that single mothers who smoke spend significantly less time with their children in educational activities, such as reading and homework, and sharing meals with their children than non-smokers. Their children also have lower reading test scores.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 48
Keywords: Time allocation, time preference, childcare, smoking
JEL Classification: J13, J22Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 7, 2011 ; Last revised: May 8, 2013
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