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Satisfaction and 'comparison sharing': What influences Swedish parents satisfaction with the sharing of parental leave?

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    Despite the high degree of flexibility and generosity in Sweden's parental leave program, one fifth of parents are not satisfied with the sharing of parental leave. This paper investigates whether 'comparison sharing', the sharing of parental leave by other comparable couples, influences the probability of satisfaction. Results show that comparison sharing impacts satisfaction for women, and that those women who share more equally than their peers are more likely to be satisfied, whereas comparison sharing has no influence on satisfaction for men. Also, parents are less likely to be satisfied if their work situation determines the sharing of parental leave.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

    Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 630-640

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:38:y:2009:i:4:p:630-640

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    Keywords: Parental leave Interdependence of preferences Reference group;

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