Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110700
Authors: 
Broadway, Barbara
Kalb, Guyonne
Kuehnle, Daniel
Maeder, Miriam
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8978
Abstract: 
Providing mothers with access to paid parental leave may be an important public policy to improve child and maternal health. Using extensive information from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Children (LSAC), we contribute to the literature by estimating the effect of paid parental leave entitlements on child health up to age seven. Exploiting detailed information on children's health, family background, mothers' pre-birth work histories and mothers' health behaviours during pregnancy within a propensity score matching framework, we show that paid parental leave entitlements reduce the probability of a child having multiple ongoing health conditions, but do not significantly affect any single condition. We find that the effect on multiple conditions is strongest for children from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Our study implies that the provision of paid parental leave, even for short periods (as usually available in Australia), will benefit children's health.
Subjects: 
child health
parental leave
Australia
LSAC
JEL: 
I1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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