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The impact of recent changes in family assistance on partnering and women's employment in New Zealand


  • John Fitzgerald
  • Tim Maloney
  • Gail Pacheco


This paper estimates the effects of recent changes to Family Assistance tax credits on the partnering and employment outcomes for New Zealand women. We use a difference-in-differences approach to control for economic and other confounding factors. Specifically, we investigate differences in partnering, employment and work hours over time across groups who are and are not likely to be affected by these policy changes. We define groups based on education, wages, and presence of children. Subject to qualifications, we conclude that the Family Assistance expansion beginning in 2005 had little effect on partnering, but increased work hours for both partnered and unpartnered women.

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  • John Fitzgerald & Tim Maloney & Gail Pacheco, 2008. "The impact of recent changes in family assistance on partnering and women's employment in New Zealand," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(1), pages 17-57.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:42:y:2008:i:1:p:17-57 DOI: 10.1080/00779950809544412

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    1. Penny Mok & Joseph Mercante, 2014. "Working for Families changes: The effect on labour supply in New Zealand," Treasury Working Paper Series 14/18, New Zealand Treasury.


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