Verifying correct construct of motherhood variable | Harmonized BHPS-UKHL
Dear User Support Staff,
I am a master's student using the harmonized BHPS-UKHL dataset, merged according to the resources provided on the website.
My main concern is that I am not sure whether the main sample of my research is constructed correctly: motherhood.
I have seen Gundi's answer in answer #584 on how to create motherhood. However, motherhood does not seem given in BHPS. Therefore, I have constructed it in the following manner:
From the variable “agechy" (=age of the youngest child in HH), I kept only children with age 0 (keep if agechy==0), therefore indicating that they are newborn in the household.
Afterward, mothers are basically those female respondents that have indicated having a child with age 0 in the HH.
Is that the simple correct construct?
My doubt stems from some incongruences in the descriptive statistics. In fact, it might be that my procedure might be overestimating the sample because I might be indicating all females in the household with a child age 0 as a mother.
My research is focused on analyzing the effect of maternity leave on the propensity of mothers to transition towards self-employment, a growing phenomenon also known as ‘Mompreneurship’. Consequently, I need to define mothers, and from here who among them have become self-employed with maternity leave.
Please find attached the simplified version of my do-file.
Looking forward to your answer,
Thank you very much!