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The Long-Term Effect on Children of Increasing the Length of Parents' Birth-Related Leave

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The length of parents. birth-related leave varies across countries and has been subject of some debate. I investigate the long-term e¤ects on children of increasing the length of parents.birth-related leave using a natural experiment from 1984 in Denmark when the leave length was increased from 14 to 20 weeks. Regression discontinuity design is used to identify the causal e¤ect of the reform. A population sample of children born in 1984 and a dataset with PISA-2000 scores are used for the analysis. Results indicate that increasing parents. access to birth-related leave has no measurable e¤ect on childrens long-term cognitive outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Publication year2008
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventSociety of Labor Economists (SOLE) - New York, United States
Duration: 9 May 200810 May 2008
Conference number: 13

Conference

ConferenceSociety of Labor Economists (SOLE)
Number13
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period09/05/200810/05/2008

    Research areas

  • Maternal leave; Parental leave; Child outcomes

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