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Causal Effects of Paternity Leave on Children and Parents


Sara Cools


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jon H. Fiva


Norwegian School of Management (BI) - Department of Economics

Lars J. Kirkebøen


Statistics Norway - Research Department

July 18, 2011

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3513

Abstract:     
In this paper we use a parental leave reform directed towards fathers to identify the causal effects of paternity leave on children’s and parents’ outcomes. We document that paternity leave causes fathers to become more important for children’s cognitive skills. School performance at age 16 increases for children whose father is relatively higher educated than the mother. We find no evidence that fathers’ earnings and work hours are affected by paternity leave. Contrary to expectation, mothers’ labor market outcomes are adversely affected by paternity leave. Our findings do therefore not suggest that paternity leave shifts the gender balance at home in a way that increases mothers’ time and/or effort spent at market work.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: parental leave, labor supply, child development

JEL Classification: J130, J220, J240, I210

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Date posted: July 18, 2011  

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Cools, Sara and Fiva, Jon H. and Kirkebøen, Lars J., Causal Effects of Paternity Leave on Children and Parents (July 18, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3513. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1888169

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Sara Cools
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Jon H. Fiva (Contact Author)
Norwegian School of Management BI - Department of Economics ( email )
Oslo
Norway
Lars J. Kirkebøen
Statistics Norway - Research Department ( email )
Kongens Gt. 6
PO Box 8131 Dep
N-0033 Oslo
Norway
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