DP10688 Early Maternal Time Investment and Early Child Outcomes
|Author(s):||Emilia del Bono, Marco Francesconi, Yvonne Kelly, Amanda Sacker|
|Publication Date:||July 2015|
|Keyword(s):||Cognitive and non-cognitive skill formation, Early interventions, Education production functions|
|JEL(s):||I20, J15, J24|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics, Public Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10688|
Using large longitudinal survey data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, this paper 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.