Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227354
Authors: 
Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina
Marcén, Miriam
Morales, Marina
Sevilla, Almudena
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13827
Abstract: 
We examine the role of school closures in contributing to the negative labor market impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We collect detailed daily information on school closures at the school-district level, which we merge to individual level data on various employment and socio- demographic characteristics from the monthly Current Population Survey from January 2019 through May 2020. Using a difference-in-differences estimation approach, we gauge how the intensity of school closures affects the labor supply of mothers and fathers of young school-age children. We find evidence of non-negligible labor supply reductions, particularly among mothers. These impacts prove robust to endogeneity checks and persist after accounting for other social-distancing measures in place.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
school closures
parental labor supply
United States
JEL: 
D1
J1
J16
J2
J23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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