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The Impact of a Cash Benefit Reform on Parents’ Labour Force Participation

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  • Naz, Ghazala

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    (University of Bergen, Department of Economics)

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    This paper evaluates the impact of a recent Norwegian family policy reform. The reform provides benefits of up to NOK 3000 per month to all families with 1-3 year old children, who do not utilise state subsidised day care centres. We investigate the reform’s effect on parents’ labour force participation. Our findings suggest that, on average, women’s labour force participation decreases and specialisation of work between couples increases after the reform. When we evaluate the reform’s impact in association with women’s schooling we find that the decrease in the labour force participation of mothers who have university level schooling is larger as compared with mothers who have less than university schooling.

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    Paper provided by University of Bergen, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 12/02.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: 30 Apr 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:bergec:2002_012

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    Keywords: Public policy; Cash benefits; Specialisation;

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    1. ûivind Anti Nilsen & Alf Erling Risa & Alf Torstensen, 2000. "Transitions from employment among young Norwegian workers," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 21-34.
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