Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/95241
Authors: 
Geyer, Johannes
Haan, Peter
Wrohlich, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1366
Abstract: 
Parental leave and subsidized child care are prominent examples of family policies supporting the reconciliation of family life and labor market careers for mothers. In this paper, we combine different empirical strategies to evaluate the employment effects of these policies for mothers in Germany. In particular we estimate a structural labor supply model and exploit a natural experiment, i.e. the reform of parental leave benefits. By exploiting and combining the advantages of the different methods, i.e the internal validity of the natural experiment and the external validity of the structural model, we can go beyond evaluation studies restricted to one particular methodology. Our findings suggest that a combination of parental leave benefits and subsidized child care leads to sizable employment effects of mothers.
Subjects: 
labor supply
parental leave benefits
childcare costs
structural model
natural experiment
JEL: 
J22
H31
C52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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