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The effects of paternity leave on fertility and labor market outcomes / Lídia Farré (University of Barcelona, IAE-CSIC and IZA), Libertad González (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona GSE and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserFarré, Lídia In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen In Wikipedia suchen nach Lídia Farré ; González Luna, Libertad In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen In Wikipedia suchen nach Libertad González Luna
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen In Wikipedia suchen nach Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, June 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10865
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-134775 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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This paper studies the effects of a father quota in the parental leave period on households' labor market and fertility decisions. Identification is based on the 2007 reform of the Spanish family benefit system, which extended the sixteen weeks of paid parental leave by two additional weeks exclusively reserved for fathers and non-transferable to mothers. Using a regression discontinuity design, we show that the reform substantially increased the take-up rate of fathers (by as much as 400%), as well as the re-employment probability of mothers shortly after childbirth (by about 11%). However, it did not affect parents longer-term leave-taking or employment behavior. We also find that the introduction of the two weeks of paternity leave delayed higher-order births and reduced subsequent fertility among older women (by about 15%). These results suggest a limited scope for the father quota to alter household behaviors beyond the parental leave period and reduce gender inequality at the workplace.