Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/155561
Authors: 
Cygan-Rehm, Kamila
Kühnle, Daniel
Riphahn, Regina T.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6319
Abstract: 
We examine how a German paid parental leave reform causally affected early childhood living arrangements. The reform replaced a means-tested benefit with a universal transfer paid out for a shorter period. Using a difference-in-differences design, we find that the reform increased the probability that a newborn lives with non-married cohabiting parents. This effect results from a reduced risk of single parenthood among women who gained from the reform. We reject the economic independence hypothesis and argue that the effects for reform winners are consistent with alternative hypotheses related to increased female financial attractiveness and increased paternal involvement in childcare.
Subjects: 
parental leave
living arrangements
marriage
cohabitation
single motherhood
child well-being
early childhood
JEL: 
J12
J13
J18
I30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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