Paid Parental Leave and Children's Schooling Outcomes

37 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2018

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Natalia Danzer

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Victor Lavy

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 2018

Abstract

This article investigates whether schooling outcomes at age 15 are affected by the duration of maternity leave, i.e. the time mothers spend at home with their new‐born before returning to work. We exploit an unanticipated reform in Austria which extended the maximum duration of paid and job protected parental leave from 12 to 24 months for births as of 1 July, 1990. Using PISA data from the cohorts 1990 and 1987, we find no significant overall impact of the parental leave extension on standardised test scores. However, subgroup analyses reveal strong heterogeneity by maternal education and child gender.

Suggested Citation

Danzer, Natalia and Lavy, Victor, Paid Parental Leave and Children's Schooling Outcomes (February 2018). The Economic Journal, Vol. 128, Issue 608, pp. 81-117, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3119338 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12493

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