Does the Length of Maternity Leave Affect Maternal Health?

@article{Chatterji2004DoesTL,
  title={Does the Length of Maternity Leave Affect Maternal Health?},
  author={Pinka Chatterji and Sara Markowitz},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  year={2004}
}
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… 
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