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Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage and Mothers' Labor Market Outcomes after Childbirth

Schönberg, U; Ludsteck, J; (2014) Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage and Mothers' Labor Market Outcomes after Childbirth. Journal of Labor Economics , 32 (3) pp. 469-505. 10.1086/675078. Green open access

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Abstract

This article analyzes the impact of five major expansions in maternity leave coverage in Germany on mothers’ labor market outcomes after childbirth. To identify the causal impact of the reforms, we use a difference-in-difference design that compares labor market outcomes of mothers who give birth shortly before and shortly after a change in maternity leave legislation in years of policy changes and years when no changes have taken place. Each expansion in leave coverage reduced mothers’ postbirth employment rates in the short run. The longer-run effects of the expansions on mothers’ postbirth labor market outcomes are, however, small.

Type: Article
Title: Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage and Mothers' Labor Market Outcomes after Childbirth
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/675078
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1086/675078
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1413699
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