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The gender-asymmetric effect of working mothers on children's education: Evidence from Japan

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  • Tanaka, Ryuichi

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In this paper, I study how maternal employment affects the educational attainment of children. Using Japanese household data, I find that part-time maternal employment and self-employment have negative effects on the educational attainment of both sons and daughters. However, I find that full-time maternal employment has a negative effect only on sons. Moreover, I find that maternal employment status is transmitted to daughters. This gender-asymmetric effect of working mothers on children and the transmission of employment status from mothers to daughters jointly provide supporting evidence for a role model effect of full-time maternal employment on daughters. J. Japanese Int. Economies 22 (4) (2008) 586-604.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of the Japanese and International Economies.

Volume (Year): 22 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 586-604

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jjieco:v:22:y:2008:i:4:p:586-604

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Keywords: Human capital Maternal employment Role model effect;

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  1. Nakamura, Hideki, 2012. "Why does scholastic achievement differ across prefectures in Japan?," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 99-106.
  2. Daiji Kawaguchi, 2013. "Fewer School Days, More Inequality," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd12-271, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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