The Effect of Child Disability on Parents' Labour Supply: Evidence from Colombia

37 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2017

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Diego Amador

Texas Policy Lab - Rice University

Monica Pinilla-Roncancio

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Date Written: March 22, 2017

Abstract

Evidence from high-income countries has shown that having a child with disabilities (CwD) decreases parents’ labour supply. However, little is known about this relationship in lower and middle-income countries. In this paper, we implement a non-linear difference in difference approach to estimate the causal effects of having a CwD on the labour supply of parents in urban Colombia. We use the first two waves (2010-2013) of the Colombian Longitudinal Survey (ELCA) and define treated households as those who did not have a CwD in 2010 but do have one in 2013 and compare them to those who did not have a CwD in any of the two periods. We find that having a CwD increases the probability of working for both parents, but especially for mothers. The effect on the probability of working is similar for single and married mothers. However, for married mothers the probability of working part-time increases while the probability of working full time decreases slightly. In the case of single mothers, the probability of both types of work increases.

Keywords: children, disability, labour supply, Colombia

JEL Classification: J14, J22, I10

Suggested Citation

Amador, Diego and Pinilla-Roncancio, Monica, The Effect of Child Disability on Parents' Labour Supply: Evidence from Colombia (March 22, 2017). Documento CEDE No. 2017-25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2939727 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2939727

Diego Amador (Contact Author)

Texas Policy Lab - Rice University ( email )

Rice University – MS 272
5620 Greenbriar Dr.
Houston, TX 77005
United States

Monica Pinilla-Roncancio

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia ( email )

Carrera Primera # 18A-12
Bogota, DC D.C. 110311
Colombia

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