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Master of Arts (M.A.)

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Children, Child Development Supplement, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, quality of maternal employment


I explore the relationship between quality of maternal employment and children’s reading achievement between six to thirteen years of age using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. The hypotheses assert that job quality in terms of level of autonomy, supervisory power, complexity with people, data and things, and family benefits have significant positive effects on children’s reading achievement. The least squares estimates indicate that complexity, power, and autonomy has significant positive effects for children while the effects of family benefits is weak with the exception of the positive effect of union membership for racially disadvantaged groups.

First Advisor

Michelle J Budig

Second Advisor

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey