Why Swedish Men Take So Much Paternity Leave

4 Pages Posted: 21 May 2019

Date Written: July 23, 2014


Close to 90% of Swedish fathers take paternity leave. In 2013, some 340,000 dads took a total of 12 million days’ leave, equivalent to about seven weeks each. Women take even more leave days to spend time with their children, but the gap is shrinking. Why do Swedish dads take so much time off work to raise their children?

Keywords: parental leave, paid leave, family leave, gender, gender equality, sweden

JEL Classification: D63, E24, I14, J16, J22, J38, K38

Suggested Citation

Hedlin, Simon, Why Swedish Men Take So Much Paternity Leave (July 23, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3375797

Simon Hedlin (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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