Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96777
Authors: 
Nie, Peng
Sousa-Poza, Alfonso
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8030
Abstract: 
Using five waves from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), we investigate the association between maternal employment and obesity in children aged 3–17 in both rural and urban China. Using BMI and waist circumference as measures for pediatric adiposity, we provide scant evidence for its relation to maternal employment. We also find no strong association between maternal employment and our measures for children's diet and physical activity. Our study also suggests that grandparenting could have beneficial effects on childhood obesity.
Subjects: 
childhood obesity
maternal employment
China
JEL: 
I12
J13
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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