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Does paternity leave affect mothers’ sickness absence

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  • Bratberg, Espen

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    (University of Bergen)

  • Naz, Ghazala

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    (University of Bergen)

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Female labour force participation is high in Norway but sickness absence rates are higher for women than for men. This may be partly a result of unequal sharing of childcare in the family. In this paper, we consider the effect of paternity leave on sickness absence among women who have recently given birth. We draw on a six-year panel taken from full population data from administrative sources. We find that in the 6% of families where fathers take out leave more than the standard quota (gender-neutral leave), the incidence of absence among mothers is reduced by about 5–10% from an average level of 20%.

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Paper provided by University of Bergen, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 06/09.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 05 May 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bergec:2009_006

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Keywords: Parental leave; paternity quota; gender neutral leave; sickness absence;

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Cited by:
  1. Rieck, Karsten Marshall E. & Telle, Kjetil, 2012. "Sick Leave Before, During and After Pregnancy," Working Papers in Economics, University of Bergen, Department of Economics 06/12, University of Bergen, Department of Economics.
  2. Karsten Marshall Elseth Rieck & Kjetil Telle, 2012. "Sick leave before, during and after pregnancy," Discussion Papers, Research Department of Statistics Norway 690, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  3. Rieck, Karsten Marshall Elseth, 2012. "Does Child Care Affect Parents’ Sickness Absence? Evidence From A Norwegian Paternity Leave Reform," Working Papers in Economics, University of Bergen, Department of Economics 14/12, University of Bergen, Department of Economics.

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