Early Maternal Time Investment and Early Child Outcomes
46 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 2014
Using large longitudinal survey data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, this paper estimates the e ect of maternal time inputs on early child development. We nd that maternal time is a quantitatively important determinant of skill formation and that its e ect declines with child age. There is evidence of a long shadow of the e ect of early maternal time inputs on later outcomes, especially in the case of
cognitive skill development. In the case of non-cognitive development, this e ect disappears when we account for skill persistence.
Keywords: cognitive and non-cognitive skill formation, early interventions, education production functions
JEL Classification: I20, J15, J24
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