Child health is an important quality in the life and development of a child. A mother serves as a primary caregiver for a child and a mother's decision about time allocation between the labor force and the household may be influential in child health. Data from the 1994 National Longitudinal Survey is used in this research to explore the influence of maternal employment on the number of illnesses requiring medical attention for children aged 12 to 72 months. Estimates from Ordinary Least Square regressions are obtained for four models. Estimated regression models indicate that maternal employment has no significant impact on the measure of child health. No difference in the number of illnesses requiring medical attention exists for children of mothers who work and children of mothers who do not work.


Burnell, James



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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