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Early Maternal Time Investment and Early Child Outcomes

46 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2014  

Emilia Del Bono

Institute for Social and Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marco Francesconi

University of Essex; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bono, Emilia Del and Francesconi, Marco, Early Maternal Time Investment and Early Child Outcomes (November 2014). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10231. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2518717

Emilia Del Bono (Contact Author)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Marco Francesconi

University of Essex ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Germany

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