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Effects of Mother's Home Time on Children's Schooling

Linda Datcher-Loury
The Review of Economics and Statistics
Vol. 70, No. 3 (Aug., 1988), pp. 367-373
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1926773
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1926773
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Abstract

In order to determine the importance of parental time inputs in the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status, previous work relies on proxies such as family size, birth order, maternal employment, and retrospective reports of children care time. This paper is unique in finding a connection between more direct measures of mother's child care time and children's outcome as adults. It shows that (1) higher home productivity increases but higher opportunity costs reduce maternal child care time and (2) greater child care time of highly educated but not of less well-educated mothers significantly raises children's years of schooling.

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