Department of Economics and Business Economics

Causes and Consequences of a Father's Child Leave: Evidence from a Reform of Leave Schemes

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Many OECD countries have implemented policies to induce couples to share parental leave. This paper
investigates how responsive intra-household leave-sharing is to changes in economic incentives. To
investigate this fundamental question, we are forced to look at one of the Nordic countries which are
the most progressive when it comes to family-friendly policies. An extensive reform of child leave
schemes in Denmark affected couples differently depending on whether the parents where employed in
the same or in different parts of the public sector. Based on a difference-in-differences strategy, I find
that economic incentives are very important for intra-household leave-sharing. Increasing the couples'
after tax income by $9 per day of leave which is transferred from the mother to the father is found to
lead to a one day transfer. This corresponds to a supply elasticity close to unity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Research areas

  • fathers, parental leave, child leave

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