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Early Maternal Time Investment and Early Child Outcomes

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  • Emilia Del Bono
  • Marco Francesconi
  • Yvonne Kelly
  • Amanda Sacker

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Using large longitudinal survey data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, this article estimates the relationship between maternal time inputs and early child development. We find that maternal time is a quantitatively important determinant of skill formation and that its effect declines with child age. There is evidence of long†term effects of early maternal time inputs on later outcomes, especially in the case of cognitive skill development. In the case of non†cognitive development, the evidence of this long†term impact disappears when we account for skill persistence.

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  • Emilia Del Bono & Marco Francesconi & Yvonne Kelly & Amanda Sacker, 2016. "Early Maternal Time Investment and Early Child Outcomes," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 126(596), pages 96-135, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:econjl:v:126:y:2016:i:596:p:f96-f135
    DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12342
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