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Authors: 
Engström, Per
Kolm, Ann-Sofie
Liang, Che-Yuan
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Department of Economics, Uppsala University 2006:28
Abstract: 
The increased demand for a more equal parental sharing of the responsibilities for children has led many countries to reconstruct their parental leave systems so to provide stronger incentives for fathers to participate in childcare. Father’s quotas are becoming widely spread across Europe. This paper provides arguments for why it may be welfare improving for both parents to increase the father’s share of the family’s parental leave time. However, regulations in terms of father’s quotas may not be optimal since it fails to recognise potentially heterogenous preferences. Instead, self-commitment devices should be provided in order to prevent mothers from taking too large share of the family’s leave time.
Subjects: 
Parental leave
Hyperbolic discounting
Addiction
JEL: 
D10
J13
J16
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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