Does the Length of Maternity Leave Affect Maternal Health?

  title={Does the Length of Maternity Leave Affect Maternal Health?},
  author={P. Chatterji and S. Markowitz},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • P. Chatterji, S. Markowitz
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
  • NBER Working Paper Series
  • The objective of this paper is to investigate the impact of the length of maternity leave on maternal health in a sample of working mothers. Two measures of depression and a measure of overall health are used to represent maternal health. Ordinary Least Squares models provide baseline estimates, and instrumental variables models account for the potential endogeneity of the return-to-work decision. The findings suggest that returning to work later may reduce the number or frequency of depressive… CONTINUE READING
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