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The Family and Medical Leave Act and the labor productivity of parents

  • Dunbar, Geoffrey R.

The Family and Medical and Leave Act of 1993 in the US expanded workplace provisions for leave-taking by working parents. In this note, I propose a method to estimate the effect of the FMLA on the productivity of working parents using variation in the labor share of income. I find that the FMLA increased parental productivity by an estimated 5 percentage points.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 118 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 334-336

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