Child Disability and Maternal Work Participation: New Evidence from India

Prachi Gupta, Upasak Das, Ashish Singh

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Using data from the India Human Development Survey, this paper analyses the relationship
between child disability and maternal work participation for India. The authors’ findings suggest
a significant positive relationship between child disability and the work participation of the urban
mothers who are wives of household heads. These mothers are 1.27 times as likely to participate in
labour market as mothers (wives in urban areas) without a disabled child. However, for the same
mothers, child disability significantly affects the weekly work hours of those participating in the
labour market in a negative manner with presence of a disabled child reducing the weekly work
hours by 3.6 hours. For the rural mothers and the mothers in urban areas who are household heads,
our findings do not suggest any significant association between child disabilities and their work
participation (or weekly work hours).
Original languageEnglish
PublisherKiel Institute for the World Economy
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2013


  • child disability
  • maternal work participation
  • India

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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