Review of Economics of the Household

, 7:227

The connection between maternal employment and childhood obesity: inspecting the mechanisms

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11150-009-9052-y

Cite this article as:
Fertig, A., Glomm, G. & Tchernis, R. Rev Econ Household (2009) 7: 227. doi:10.1007/s11150-009-9052-y

Abstract

This paper investigates the channels through which maternal employment affects childhood obesity. We use time diaries and interview responses from the Child Development Supplement of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics which combines information on children’s time allocation, children’s BMI, and mother’s labor force participation. We find some evidence that supervision and nutrition play significant but small roles in the relationship between maternal employment and childhood obesity. Although the difference in the effect of maternal employment varies by mother’s education, we find few differences in the mechanisms by mother’s education.

Keywords

Maternal employmentChildhood obesityTime use data

JEL Classicification

I12J13J22

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Indiana University and NBERBloomingtonUSA