Maternal Employment and Adolescent Risky Behavior

Bureau of Labor Statistics Working Paper No. 366

43 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2003

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Alison Aughinbaugh

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Maury Gittleman

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Date Written: December 2002

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of maternal employment during a child's first three years and during adolescence on his or her decisions to engage in a range of risky behaviors: smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, using marijuana and other drugs, engaging in sex and committing crimes. Using data from the NLSY79 and its young adult supplement, we find little evidence that mother's employment early in the child's life has lasting consequences on participation in risky behaviors. Similarly, with the possible exception of drinking alcohol - our results do not indicate that maternal employment during adolescence is correlated with increased involvement in risky activities.

Keywords: risky behavior, youth, maternal employment

JEL Classification: J13, I1

Suggested Citation

Aughinbaugh, Alison and Gittleman, Maury, Maternal Employment and Adolescent Risky Behavior (December 2002). Bureau of Labor Statistics Working Paper No. 366, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=384200 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.384200

Alison Aughinbaugh

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