Delaying School Entry: Short‐ and Longer‐Term Effects on Mothers' Employment

14 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2015

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Anna Zhu

RMIT University

Bruce Bradbury

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC)

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

Mothers' short‐ and longer‐term employment patterns may be influenced by their child's entry to school. This paper assesses these relationships, adopting an identification strategy that draws upon school entry cut‐off rules, which imply that children whose birthdates are one day apart, but lie on either side of the cut‐off date, can begin school one year apart. We find that this variation has a significant initial impact on mothers' employment, but this effect quickly disappears, suggesting little evidence of longer‐term employment impacts of mothers' absence from the workforce when they have young children.

Suggested Citation

Zhu, Anna and Bradbury, Bruce, Delaying School Entry: Short‐ and Longer‐Term Effects on Mothers' Employment (June 2015). Economic Record, Vol. 91, Issue 293, pp. 233-246, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2614711 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12179

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