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A Flying Start? Long Term Consequences of Maternal Time Investments in Children During Their First Year of Life

  • Carneiro, Pedro

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    (University College London)

  • Loken, Katrine Vellesen

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    (University of Bergen)

  • Salvanes, Kjell G.

    ()

    (Norwegian School of Economics)

We study the impact on children of increasing the time that the mother spends with her child in the first year by exploiting a reform that increased paid and unpaid maternity leave in Norway. The reform increased maternal leave on average by 4 months and family income was unaffected. The increased time with the child led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout. For mothers with low education we find a 5.2 percentage points decline. The effect is also especially large for children of mothers who, prior to the reform, would take very low levels of unpaid leave.

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