Parental Leave - a Policy Evaluation of the Swedish 'Daddy-Month' Reform

36 Pages Posted: 26 May 2005

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John Ekberg

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Rickard Eriksson

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Guido Friebel

Goethe University Frankfurt; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

Many countries are trying to incentivize fathers to increase their share in parental leave and in household work to improve female labor market opportunities. Our unique data set stems from a natural experiment in Sweden. The data comprises all children born before (control group) and after the reform (treatment group) in cohorts of up to 27,000 newborns, mothers and fathers. We find strong short term effects of incentives on male parental leave. However, we find no learning - by doing, or specialization, effects: fathers in the treatment group do not have larger shares in the leave taken for care of sick children, which is our measure for household work.

Keywords: natural experiment, family benefits, gender and labor, incentives

JEL Classification: J48, J13, J16, J22

Suggested Citation

Ekberg, John and Eriksson, Rickard and Friebel, Guido, Parental Leave - a Policy Evaluation of the Swedish 'Daddy-Month' Reform (June 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1617. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=728444

John Ekberg (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

Kyrkgatan 43B
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

Rickard Eriksson

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

Kyrkgatan 43B
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

Guido Friebel

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

Gr├╝neburgplatz 1
Frankfurt am Main, 60323
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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