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Title: Child Health and Maternal Work Activity: The Role of Unobserved Heterogeneity
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1. Zimmer, David J.
Child Health and Maternal Work Activity: The Role of Unobserved Heterogeneity
Eastern Economic Journal 33,1 (Winter 2007): 43-64.
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Journals
Keyword(s): Child Health; Heterogeneity; Maternal Employment; National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

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The article examines whether a mother's labor market behavior is affected by the presence of an unhealthy child. It addresses the issue of unmeasured factors that influence both child health and maternal employment by using variables that describe family access to care. Results suggest that married mothers and nonmarried mothers do not substantially differ in their responses to unhealthy children.

Data are from the 1996, 2000, and 2001 waves of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services. MEPS is a large household survey of respondents drawn from the National Health Interview Survey and is designed to be nationally representative of the U.S. noninstitutionalized population. The survey consists of a series of five interviews over a two-and-a-half year period and records socioeconomic and health related information for each individual. While the multiple interview format of MEPS permits some limited longitudinal applications, child health variables relevant to this study are recorded only once a year. Therefore, the years are stacked and treated as a cross section sample. However, in light of modeling flexibilities offered by longitudinal analysis, comparison of MEPS to a separate longitudinal study is presented in the section on Results of Estimation. This longitudinal sample consists of 2,237 mothers drawn from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) and is discussed in greater detail in the subsection NLSY Comparison.

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Zimmer, David J. "Child Health and Maternal Work Activity: The Role of Unobserved Heterogeneity." Eastern Economic Journal 33,1 (Winter 2007): 43-64.