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June 2008, Vol. 131, No. 6
The timing of mothers’ employment after childbirth
Associate Professor, Social Work, Columbia University.
Christopher J. Ruhm
Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor, Economics, University of North Carolina–Greensboro.
Professor, Social Work and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Columbia University.
According to data from a new nationally representative study of women who gave birth in 2001, the speed of a woman’s return to work after the birth of a child was influenced by many factors, including family structure, education, age, birth history, and race/ethnicity, but the strongest factor was whether or not the woman had been working prior to the birth.
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