Impact of Low Birth Weight Child on Maternal Labour Force Participation: Evidence from Taiwan

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Meng‐Wen Tsou

National Central University

Jin‐Tan Liu

National Taiwan University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Kuang‐Hsien Wang

Ming Chuan University

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of having a low birth weight child on maternal labour force participation. We use the instrumental variable technique, the sister fixed‐effects model and the propensity score matching method to control for the endogeneity of child health. Using a unique national merged parent–child data set from Taiwan, the within‐sister estimates indicate that having a low birth weight child reduces female employment during the first 3 years after the birth, by 1–2 percentage points. Furthermore, the adverse employment effect is found to be particularly strong for those mothers who have an illegitimate child with low birth weight.

Suggested Citation

Tsou, Meng‐Wen and Liu, Jin-Tan and Wang, Kuang‐Hsien, Impact of Low Birth Weight Child on Maternal Labour Force Participation: Evidence from Taiwan (October 2014). Pacific Economic Review, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 483-501, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2514104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0106.12075

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