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Title:Parental leave: a policy evaluation of the Swedish daddy-month reform PDF Logo
Authors:Ekberg, John
Eriksson, Rickard
Friebel, Guido
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1617
Abstract:Many countries are trying to incentivize fathers to increase their share in parental leave and in household work to improve female labor market opportunities. Our unique data set stems from a natural experiment in Sweden. The data comprises all children born before (control group) and after the reform (treatment group) in cohorts of up to 27,000 newborns, mothers and fathers. We find strong short term effects of incentives on male parental leave. However, we find no learning-by doing, or specialization, effects: fathers in the treatment group do not have larger shares in the leave taken for care of sick children, which is our measure for household work.
Subjects:natural experiment
family benefits
gender and labor
incentives
JEL:J48
J13
J16
J22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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