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A Substitute for mother

firstborn daughters in Korea

SHIN, Songyi

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Abstract

I examine the causal relationship between the firstborn child’s sex and the mother’s time spent on home and work responsibilities. Using the Korean Longitudinal Survey of Women and Families (KLoWF), the empirical strategy in this paper exploits the randomness of the firstborn child’s sex in a fixed-effect model. I demonstrate that the firstborn daughter (1) lightens the working mother’s domestic responsibilities and (2) offsets the negative impact of additional childbirth on the mother’s working hours. Both findings are consistent with the hypothesis that the firstborn daughter substitutes for the mother in carrying out domestic tasks.

Advisors
Han, Baran
Department
KDI School, Master of Development Policy
Issue Date
2021
Publisher
KDI School
Description
Thesis(Master) -- KDI School: Master of Development Policy, 2021
Keywords
Child development; Married women--Employment
Pages
83 p
URI
https://archives.kdischool.ac.kr/handle/11125/42563
Type
Thesis
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