Maternal Full-Time Employment and Overweight Children: Parametric, Semi-Parametric, and Non-Parametric Assessment
Echu Liu, Cheng Hsiao, Tomoya Matsumoto, Shinyi Ch
Journal of Econometrics 152 (2009) 61-69
#002082 20131014 (published)
We use the matched mother-child data from the 2000 wave of the US National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 79 (NLSY79) to assess the impact of full-time working mothers on children's body mass index (BMI) and the likelihood of becoming overweight. Parametric, semi-parametric and non-parametric methods are employed to correct the bias of selection on observables and unobservables. Pros and cons of various methods are discussed and specification tests are conducted. In general, we find that a mother's full-time employment does have some impact on her children's BMI and likelihood of becoming overweight across models and inference procedures.
JEL-Codes: I12; J22
Keywords: Maternal employment; Overweight children

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