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
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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.