Does Paternity Leave Matter for Female Employment in Developing Economies? Evidence from Firm Data

10 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Mohammad Amin

World Bank - Enterprise Analysis Unit

Asif Islam

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC)

Alena Sakhonchik

World Bank

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

For a sample of 53 developing countries, the results show that women's employment among private firms is significantly higher in countries that mandate paternity leave versus those that do not. A conservative estimate suggests an increase of 6.8 percentage points in the proportion of women workers associated with the mandating of paternity leave.

Keywords: Gender and Economics, Private Sector Development Law, Marketing, Private Sector Economics, Gender and Poverty, Gender and Economic Policy, Economics and Gender

Suggested Citation

Amin, Mohammad and Islam, Asif Mohammed and Sakhonchik, Alena, Does Paternity Leave Matter for Female Employment in Developing Economies? Evidence from Firm Data (March 1, 2016). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7588. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740841

Mohammad Amin (Contact Author)

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Asif Mohammed Islam

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC) ( email )

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Alena Sakhonchik

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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