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The Effect of Maternal Employment on the Likelihood of a Child Being Overweight

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  • Anna Zhu

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    (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

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    Childhood obesity has increased dramatically in the developed world. One cause of this trend, suggested by studies in the United States, is the increase in maternal employment. This paper explores if the causal relationship exists in Australia. Using recent data from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children (LSAC), a 2SLS procedure and a Full Information Maximum Likelihood (FIML) model that jointly estimates a multinomial treatment and binary outcome is used to control for endogeneity and self-selection bias, respectively. The results consistently show that maternal employment does have an impact on the likelihood of a child being overweight and that this impact is positive and statistically significant.

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    Paper provided by School of Economics, The University of New South Wales in its series Discussion Papers with number 2007-17.

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    Length: 35 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2007-17

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    Keywords: Child obesity; Maternal employment; Regression analysis; 2SLS; FIML; Endogeneity; Self-selection bias;

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    Cited by:
    1. Georgia S. Papoutsi & Andreas C. Drichoutis & Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr., 2013. "The Causes Of Childhood Obesity: A Survey," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(4), pages 743-767, 09.
    2. Greve, Jane, 2011. "New results on the effect of maternal work hours on children's overweight status: Does the quality of child care matter?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(5), pages 579-590, October.

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