Maternal Employment and Overweight Children

55 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2003

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Kristin F. Butcher

Wellesley College; NBER

Patricia M. Anderson

Dartmouth College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Phillip B. Levine

Wellesley College; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: August 2002

Abstract

This paper seeks to determine whether a causal relationship exists between maternal employment and childhood overweight. We use matched mother/child data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and employ econometric techniques to control for observable and unobservable differences across individuals and families that may influence both children's weight and their mothers' work patterns. Our results indicate that a child is more likely to be overweight if his/her mother worked more hours per week over the child's life. Analyses by subgroups show that it is higher socioeconomic status mothers whose work intensity is particularly deleterious for their children's overweight status.

Suggested Citation

Butcher, Kristin Frances and Anderson, Patricia M. and Levine, Phillip B., Maternal Employment and Overweight Children (August 2002). FRB of Chicago Working Paper No. 2002-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=327060 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.327060

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