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, Volume 163, Issue 2, pp 203–232 | Cite as

The Relation Between Maternal Work Hours and the Cognitive Development of Young School-Aged Children

  • Annemarie Künn-Nelen
  • Andries de Grip
  • Didier Fouarge


This paper analyses the relation between maternal work hours and the cognitive development of young school-going children. We find that children’s language and sorting test scores are higher when their mothers have a large part-time job or even a full-time job. We find no evidence that this can be explained by a richer home environment in terms of the number of parent–child activities provided to the child.


Intergenerational human capital investments (Non) cognitive skills Maternal labour supply Home environment 

JEL Classification

D10 J13 J22 J24 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annemarie Künn-Nelen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andries de Grip
    • 1
    • 2
  • Didier Fouarge
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.IZABonnGermany

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