Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111523
Authors: 
Bergemann, Annette
Riphahn, Regina T.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9073
Abstract: 
We study the short, medium, and longer run employment effects of a substantial change in the parental leave benefit program in Germany. In 2007, a means-tested parental leave transfer program that had paid benefits for up to two years was replaced by an earnings related transfer which paid benefits for up to one year. The reform generated winners and losers with heterogeneous response incentives. We find that the reform speeds up the labor market return of both groups of mothers after benefit expiration. The overall time until an average mother with (without) prior claims to benefits returns to the labor force after a birth declined after the reform by 10 (8) months at the median. We show that likely pathways for this substantial reform effect are changes in social norms and mothers' preferences for economic independence.
Subjects: 
female labor supply
maternal labor supply
parental leave
parental leave benefit
child-rearing benefit
parents' money
JEL: 
J13
J21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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