The Impact of Paid Maternity Leave on Maternal Health

  title={The Impact of Paid Maternity Leave on Maternal Health},
  author={Aline B{\"u}tikofer and Julie Riise and Meghan M. Skira},
  journal={American Economic Journal: Economic Policy},
We examine the impact of the introduction of paid maternity leave in Norway in 1977 on maternal health in the medium and long term. Using administrative data combined with survey data on the health of women around age 40, we find the reform improved a range of maternal health outcomes, including BMI, blood pressure, pain, and mental health. The reform also increased health-promoting behaviors, such as exercise and not smoking. The effects were larger for first-time and low-resource mothers and… 

The 'Quiet Revolution' and the Cesarean Section in the United States

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The long-run impacts of paid maternity leave on height and educational attainment

  • Kien LeMy Nguyen
  • Economics, Education
    Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
  • 2022
This study investigates the extent to which paid maternity leave affects educational attainment and adult height in 29 developing countries between 1990 and 2019. The identification hinges upon the