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Parental Leave in Sweden: The Effects of the Second Daddy Month

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  • Eriksson, Rickard

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    (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

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In 2002 the number of months reserved for fathers in the Swedish parental leave system increased from one to two. This coincided with an increase of total time of parental leave from 12 to 13 months. The results are obtained using a natural experiment approach, comparing the behavior of parents to children born immediately before and after the reform. Both fathers and mothers increased their use of parental leave after the reform. The increase for fathers was caused by a shift of fathers using about one month of parental leave to about two months. The increase was smaller than after the introduction of the first daddy month. From this we can conclude that fixed costs for taking parental leave are not important for fathers and that the marginal utility of parental leave is not increasing in total parental leave.

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Paper provided by Swedish Institute for Social Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 9/2005.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 22 Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sofiwp:2005_009

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Keywords: Family benefits; parental leave; natural experiment; gender and labor markets;

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  1. Ekberg, John & Eriksson, Rickard & Friebel, Guido, 2005. "Parental Leave – A Policy Evaluation of the Swedish "Daddy-Month" Reform," IZA Discussion Papers 1617, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Kenneth I. Wolpin & Mark R. Rosenzweig, 2000. "Natural "Natural Experiments" in Economics," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 38(4), pages 827-874, December.
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  1. Ann-Sofie Kolm & Edward P. Lazear, 2010. "Policies Affecting Work Patterns and Labor Income for Women," NBER Chapters, in: Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden, pages 57-81 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Nielsen, Helena Skyt, 2009. "Causes and Consequences of a Father's Child Leave: Evidence from a Reform of Leave Schemes," IZA Discussion Papers 4267, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Engström, Per & Kolm, Ann-Sofie & Liang, Che-Yuan, 2006. "Maternal Addiction to Parental Leave," Working Paper Series, Uppsala University, Department of Economics 2006:28, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  4. Engström, Per & Kolm, Ann-Sofie & Liang, Che-Yuan, 2009. "Maternal-biased parental leave," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 583-590, August.
  5. Bergemann, Annette & van den Berg, Gerard J., 2014. "From giving birth to paid labor: the effects of adult education for prime-aged mothers," Working Paper Series, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2014:5, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  6. Karimi, Arizo & Lindahl, Erica & Skogman Thoursie, Peter, 2012. "Labour supply responses to paid parental leave," Working Paper Series, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2012:22, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  7. Nabanita Datta Gupta & Nina Smith & Mette Verner, 2008. "PERSPECTIVE ARTICLE: The impact of Nordic countries’ family friendly policies on employment, wages, and children," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, Springer, vol. 6(1), pages 65-89, March.
  8. Lorenzo Escot & José Fernández-Cornejo & Carlos Poza, 2014. "Fathers’ Use of Childbirth Leave in Spain. The Effects of the 13-Day Paternity Leave," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 33(3), pages 419-453, June.

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