Parental Leave, (In)Formal Childcare and Long-Term Child Outcomes

  title={Parental Leave, (In)Formal Childcare and Long-Term Child Outcomes},
  author={Natalia Danzer and Martin Halla and Nicole E. Schneeweis and Martina Zweim{\"u}ller},
  journal={Labor: Personnel Economics eJournal},
We provide a novel interpretation of the estimated treatment effects from evaluations of parental leave reforms. Accounting for the counterfactual mode of care is crucial in the analysis of child outcomes and potential mediators. We evaluate a large and generous parental leave extension in Austria exploiting a sharp birthday cutoff-based discontinuity in the eligibility for extended parental leave and geographical variation in formal childcare. We find that estimated treatment effects on long… 

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