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Title:The Long and Short of It : Maternity Leave Coverage and Women?s Labor Market Outcomes PDF Logo
Authors:Hashimoto, Masanori
Percy, Rick
Schoellner, Teresa
Weinberg, Bruce A.
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1207
Abstract:We investigate the effects of maternity leave coverage on women?s post-birth wages, job tenure, and labor market attachment. We pay particular attention to unobservable characteristics that are correlated with maternity leave coverage and that affect labor market outcomes. We use a control sample, as well as a range of control variables, to address unobserved heterogeneity. We find evidence of substantial selection based on unobserved heterogeneity. Maternity leave effects on the three outcomes are found to be small and shortlived. This finding is understandable given that most policies in the United States allow leaves for only 12 weeks at most.
Subjects:female labor market
wages
human capital
public policy
maternity leave
JEL:J16
J39
J38
J3
J0
J13
J1
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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