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Author: Cardell, N. Scott
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1. Wang, Boqing
Cardell, N. Scott
Weeks, Gregory
Maternal Labor Supply and Children's Cognitive and Affective Performance
Working Paper, Olympia, WA: Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Evergreen State College, December 1994.
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: Evergreen State College
Keyword(s): Armed Forces Qualifications Test (AFQT); Cognitive Ability; Cognitive Development; Family Income; Genetics; Grandmothers; Home Environment; Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME); Income Level; Inheritance; Maternal Employment; Memory for Digit Span (WISC) - also see Digit Span; Methods/Methodology; Mothers, Education; Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Math); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Reading); Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT); Selectivity Bias/Selection Bias; Self-Esteem; Self-Perception Profile for Children (SPPC); Simultaneity; Verbal Memory (McCarthy Scale); Welfare; Work Hours

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A significant issue in welfare policy reform is whether and how to encourage single mothers to work outside the home. The research reported here is designed to address the concern that a mother's employment outside the home may adversely affect her child's affective and cognitive performance. Our estimates are corrected for both selection bias and simultaneity. We find no evidence to support concern about an adverse effect of a mother's employment outside the home on her child's performance. However, we do find that three variables strongly related to a child's home environment and genetic inheritance--mother's AFQT score and schooling and maternal grandmother's schooling--have a strong consistent positive relationship to cognitive scores. By contrast, family income has no significant positive relationship to any measure of child performance.
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Wang, Boqing, N. Scott Cardell and Gregory Weeks. "Maternal Labor Supply and Children's Cognitive and Affective Performance." Working Paper, Olympia, WA: Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Evergreen State College, December 1994.