Maternal Employment and Overweight Children: Does Timing Matter?

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Recent literature has shown consistent evidence of a positive relationship between maternal employment and children's overweight status. These studies largely use average weekly work hours over the child's life to measure employment. This paper specifically aims at exploring the importance of the timing of employment. Using various econometric techniques to control for observable and unobservable child and family characteristics, the results show that full-time maternal employment during mid-childhood positively affects the probability of being overweight at age 16. There is no evidence that part-time or full-time employment at earlier/later ages affects this probability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-906
Number of pages18
JournalHealth Economics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

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  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Nursing
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions


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