Paid Parental Leave and Female Faculty Retention

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Nicholas G. Rupp

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

Lester A. Zeager

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: March 30, 2017

Abstract

We propose a theoretical framework in which a university sets its paid parental leave length to balance the costs of providing the paid leave against the cost savings from higher female faculty retention. The theory has implications for the decision to offer a paid leave policy as well as the optimal length of leave, both of which depend on worker characteristics. Using data from a large public university that reduced its paid leave under severe budgetary pressures, we illustrate the calculations needed to determine whether paid leave is cost-effective for faculty in the clinical and nonclinical divisions.

Keywords: Nonwage Compensation, Parental Leave, Family Support Programs, Labor Turnover

JEL Classification: J32, I2

Suggested Citation

Rupp, Nicholas G. and Zeager, Lester, Paid Parental Leave and Female Faculty Retention (March 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2046076 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2046076

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