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Reconciling Work and Family Life: The Effect of the French Paid Parental Leave


  • Julie Moschion


In France, having more than two children has a causal negative impact on mothers' labour supply. The question addressed in this paper is whether the paid parental leave alters this effect. To address this issue, we focus on a reform that modified the conditions in which labour decisions are taken. In July 1994, the Allocation parentale d'éducation was extended to parents of two children (among which one is less than three years old). We show that after the reform, that is, when families of two and more than two children have the same incentive to take a paid parental leave, having more than two children no longer has a negative effect on the participation probability of mothers. In addition, this is particularly true for mothers graduating from secondary school at most, who happen to be the main recipients of the benefit.

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  • Julie Moschion, 2010. "Reconciling Work and Family Life: The Effect of the French Paid Parental Leave," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 99-100, pages 217-246.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2010:i:99-100:p:217-246

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    1. Julie Moschion, 2013. "The Impact of Fertility on Mothers' Labour Supply in Australia: Evidence from Exogenous Variation in Family Size," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 89(286), pages 319-338, September.
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    3. Alzbeta Mullerova, 2016. "Mind the employment gap: an impact evaluation of the Czech multi-speed parental benefit reform," EconomiX Working Papers 2016-30, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
    4. Alzbeta Mullerova, 2017. "Family policy and maternal employment in the Czech transition: a natural experiment," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 30(4), pages 1185-1210, October.
    5. Alzbeta Mullerova, 2014. "Female Labour Supply in the Czech Transition: Effects of the Work-Life Conciliation Policies," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-50, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.

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