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Exploring the Good Mother Hypothesis: Do Child Outcomes Vary with the Mother's Share of Income?

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  • Martin Dooley
  • Ellen Lipman
  • Jennifer Stewart

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We explore the relationship between child outcomes and the source of family income using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. The good mother hypothesis asserts that consumption of child-specific goods and child well-being may be superior in families in which mothers have greater control over economic resources. The least squares and logit estimates do not indicate that child activities and cognitive and behavioural/emotional outcomes are associated with the mother's share of income, but the fixed effects models provide some evidence of modest effects.

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Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

Volume (Year): 31 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 123-144

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Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:31:y:2005:i:2:p:123-144

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  1. Frances Woolley, 2002. "Why pay child benefits to Mothers?," Carleton Economic Papers 02-08, Carleton University, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2004.
  2. Lynda G. Gagné & Ana Ferrer, 2006. "Housing, Neighbourhoods and Development Outcomes of Children in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 32(3), pages 275-300, September.
  3. Claire de Oliveira, 2009. "Good Health to All: Reducing Health Inequalities among Children in High- and Low-Income Canadian Families," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 288, May.
  4. Martin Dooley & Jennifer Stewart, 2007. "Family income, parenting styles and child behavioural-emotional outcomes," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(2), pages 145-162.

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