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Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage and Children's Long-Term Outcomes

Dustmann, C; Schoenberg, U; (2012) Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage and Children's Long-Term Outcomes. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics , 4 (3) pp. 190-224. 10.1257/app.4.3.190. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the impact of three major expansions in maternity leave coverage in Germany on children's long-run outcomes. To identify the causal impact of the reforms, we use a difference-indifference design that compares outcomes of children born shortly before and shortly after a change in maternity leave legislation in years of policy changes, and in years when no changes have taken place. We find no support for the hypothesis that the expansions in leave coverage improved children's outcomes, despite a strong impact on mothers' return to work behavior after childbirth.

Type: Article
Title: Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage and Children's Long-Term Outcomes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/app.4.3.190
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/app.4.3.190
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Economics, Business & Economics, NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEY, PARENTAL LEAVE, HEAD-START, INSTRUMENTAL VARIABLES, EDUCATIONAL-ATTAINMENT, COGNITIVE-DEVELOPMENT, SCHOOL-ENTRY, PANEL-DATA, EMPLOYMENT, CARE
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1359939
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