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The Impact of Paternity Leave on Long-Term Father Involvement

45 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2010  

Mari Rege

University of Stavanger

Ingeborg F. Solli

University of Stavanger

Date Written: July 27, 2010

Abstract

Using Norwegian registry data we investigate how paternity leave affects fathers’ long-term earnings. In 1993 Norway introduced a paternity quota of the paid parental leave. We estimate a difference-in-differences model which exploits differences in fathers' exposure to the paternity quota. Our analysis suggests that four weeks paternity leave during the child’s first year decreases fathers’ future earnings by 2.1 percent. Importantly, this effect persists up until our last point of observation when the child is five years old. The earnings effect is consistent with increased long-term father involvement, as fathers shift time and effort from market to home production. In an investigation of Norwegian time use data we find additional evidence for this hypothesis.

Keywords: father involvement, household production, parental leave

JEL Classification: D13, H31, J22

Suggested Citation

Rege, Mari and Solli, Ingeborg F., The Impact of Paternity Leave on Long-Term Father Involvement (July 27, 2010). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3130. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1649344

Mari Rege

University of Stavanger ( email )

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Ingeborg F. Solli (Contact Author)

University of Stavanger ( email )

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

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