Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35313
Authors: 
Han, Wen-Jui
Ruhm, Christopher J.
Waldfogel, Jane
Washbrook, Elizabeth
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3937
Abstract: 
This paper examines how the public policy environment in the United States affects work by new mothers following childbirth. We examine four types of policies that vary across states and affect the budget constraint in different ways. The policy environment has important effects, particularly for less advantaged mothers. There is a potential conflict between policies aiming to increase maternal employment and those maximizing the choices available to families with young children. However, this tradeoff is not absolute since some choice-increasing policies (generous child care subsidies and state parental leave laws) foster both choice and higher levels of employment.
Subjects: 
Public policies
maternal employment
childbearing
JEL: 
J13
J18
J22
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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