Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51874
Authors: 
Carneiro, Pedro
Loken, Katrine V.
Salvanes, Kjell G.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5362
Abstract: 
We study the impact on children of increasing the time that the mother spends with her child in the first year by exploiting a reform that increased paid and unpaid maternity leave in Norway. The reform increased maternal leave on average by 4 months and family income was unaffected. The increased time with the child led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout. For mothers with low education we find a 5.2 percentage points decline. The effect is also especially large for children of mothers who, prior to the reform, would take very low levels of unpaid leave.
Subjects: 
adult outcomes
time with mother
maternity leave
JEL: 
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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