Parental Leave and Child Health Across OECD Countries

22 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2005

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Sakiko Tanaka

Columbia University - School of Social Work


To understand the relationship between parental leave and child health better, this study examines the aggregate effects of parental leave policies on child health outcomes using data from 18 OECD countries from 1969-2000. The focus is investigating the effects of both job-protected paid leave and other leave - including non-job-protected paid leave and unpaid leave - on child health outcomes, more specifically, infant mortality rates, low birth weight and child immunisation coverage. This study explores the effects of other social policies related to families and young children, such as public expenditures on family cash benefits, family allowances, and family services per child, on child health outcomes.

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Tanaka, Sakiko, Parental Leave and Child Health Across OECD Countries. Economic Journal, Vol. 115, No. 501, pp. F7-F28, February 2005. Available at SSRN:

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