Impact of Low Birth Weight Child on Maternal Labour Force Participation: Evidence from Taiwan

Meng Wen Tsou, Jin Tan Liu, Kuang Hsien Wang

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Abstract

This paper examines the impact of having a low birth weight child on maternal labour force participation. We use the instrumental variable technique, the sister fixed-effects model and the propensity score matching method to control for the endogeneity of child health. Using a unique national merged parent-child data set from Taiwan, the within-sister estimates indicate that having a low birth weight child reduces female employment during the first 3years after the birth, by 1-2percentage points. Furthermore, the adverse employment effect is found to be particularly strong for those mothers who have an illegitimate child with low birth weight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-501
Number of pages19
JournalPacific Economic Review
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014

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