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ERIC Number: ED508210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
The Timing of Maternal Work and Time with Children. Working Paper 425
Stewart, Jay
Bureau of Labor Statistics
I use data from the American Time Use Survey to examine how maternal employment affects when during the day that mothers of pre-school-age children spend doing enriching childcare and whether they adjust their schedules to spend time with their children at more-desirable times of day. I find that employed mothers shift enriching childcare time from workdays to nonwork days. On workdays, full-time employed parents shift enriching childcare time toward evenings, but there is little shifting among part-time employed mothers. I find no evidence that full-time employed mothers adjust their schedules to spend time with their children at more-preferred times of day, whereas part-time employed mothers shift employment to later in the day. Classification of activities among routine care, quality care, and unclassified care is appended. (Contains 3 tables, 4 figures and 29 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL)