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Male use of parental leave in Luxembourg : empirical analysis of administrative records

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  • Zhelyazkova N.

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The study investigates the decisions of fathers to use parental leave at the individual level. The focus is on the opportunity cost fathers would face for using the leave. Opportunity cost is measured in two ways as the difference between the parental leave benefit and the salary of the father and as the mean salary growth for a period of six months. The first measure is a proxy for the direct opportunity cost, while the second aims to capture opportunity costs of being away fromthe workplace in terms of foregone promotion opportunities. Data for the analysis are based on anonymous administrative records of fathers working in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The analysis deploys a duration model to investigate fathers use of parental leave throughout an observation period of five years. The results of the study suggest a negative, although non-linear, relationship between foregone income and the hazard of taking parental leave. Surprisingly, however, salary growth in the six-month period prior to taking parental leave has a positive, rather than a negative effect on the hazard of taking parental leave.

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  • Zhelyazkova N., 2013. "Male use of parental leave in Luxembourg : empirical analysis of administrative records," MERIT Working Papers 045, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  • Handle: RePEc:unm:unumer:2013045
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    Keywords

    Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth; Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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