DP10231 Early Maternal Time Investment and Early Child Outcomes

Author(s): Emilia del Bono, Marco Francesconi
Publication Date: November 2014
Keyword(s): cognitive and non- cognitive skill formation, early interventions, education production functions
JEL(s): I20, J15, J24
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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Using large longitudinal survey data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, this paper estimates the e ect of maternal time inputs on early child development. We nd that maternal time is a quantitatively important determinant of skill formation and that its e ect declines with child age. There is evidence of a long shadow of the e ect of early maternal time inputs on later outcomes, especially in the case of cognitive skill development. In the case of non-cognitive development, this e ect disappears when we account for skill persistence.