Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Terra McKinnish

Second Advisor

Martin Boileau

Third Advisor

Jason Potter

Abstract

This paper analyzes how maternal employment affects child development, and how this relationship depends on the mother’s education level. Results suggest that maternal employment during a child’s first year of life has a positive effect on cognitive test scores, but maternal employment reverses to a negative effect during the child’s later years. My results also indicate that the relationship between maternal employment and child outcomes is more positive for mothers with a college education than for mothers without an education.

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Economics Commons

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