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Public Policies, Women's Employment after Childbearing, and Child Well-Being

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  • Washbrook Elizabeth

    ()
    (Univeristy of Bristol)

  • Ruhm Christopher J

    ()
    (University of Virginia)

  • Waldfogel Jane

    ()
    (Columbia University)

  • Han Wen-Jui

    ()
    (Columbia University)

Abstract

In this paper, we consider three U.S. public policies that potentially influence the work decisions of mothers of infants—parental leave laws, exemptions from welfare work requirements, and child care subsidies for low-income families. We estimate the effects of these policies on the timing of work participation after birth, and on a range of outcomes in the subsequent four years, using a group difference-in-difference technique suitable for analysis of cross-sectional data. We find that the three policies affect early maternal work participation, but obtain no evidence of significant consequences for child well-being.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy.

Volume (Year): 11 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 1-50

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  1. Ross Guest & Nick Parr, 2013. "Family policy and couples’ labour supply: an empirical assessment," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 26(4), pages 1631-1660, October.
  2. Chris M. Herbst & Erdal Tekin, 2012. "Child Care Subsidies, Maternal Well-Being, and Child-Parent Interactions: Evidence from Three Nationally Representative Datasets," NBER Working Papers 17774, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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