Mother or Market? Effects of Maternal Employment on the Intellectual Ability of 4-Year-Old Children

  title={Mother or Market? Effects of Maternal Employment on the Intellectual Ability of 4-Year-Old Children},
  author={Sonalde Desai and P. Lindsay Chase‐Lansdale and Robert T. Michael},
This article uses the 1986 Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data set to investigate the impact of maternal employment on children's intellectual ability, as measured at the age of 4 by using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT). Results from multivariate regression analysis show a statistically significant adverse effect of mother's employment on children's intellectual ability, but only for boys in higher income families. Furthermore, the negative impact was related… 

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