Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/113729
Authors: 
Cygan-Rehm, Kamila
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5397
Abstract: 
This paper examines the causal effects of a major change in the German parental leave benefits on fertility. I use the unanticipated reform of 2007 to assess how a move from a means-tested to an earnings-related benefit affects higher-order births. By using data from the Mikrozensus, I find that the reform significantly affected the timing of higher-order births. Overall, mothers “just” affected by the reform initially reduce subsequent childbearing and start to compensate by the end of the third year. The negative effects are largely driven by lowest-income mothers, who are now worse-off and do not display any catch-up effects.
Subjects: 
fertility
family policy
reform
parental leave
Germany
JEL: 
J13
J18
J20
K36
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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