What Is the Case for Paid Maternity Leave?

  title={What Is the Case for Paid Maternity Leave?},
  author={G. Dahl and K. L{\o}ken and Magne Mogstad and Kari Vea Salvanes},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
  • G. Dahl, K. Løken, +1 author Kari Vea Salvanes
  • Published 2016
  • Economics
  • Review of Economics and Statistics
  • We assess the case for generous government-funded maternity leave, focusing on a series of policy reforms in Norway that expanded paid leave from 18 to 35 weeks. We find the reforms do not crowd out unpaid leave and that mothers spend more time at home without a reduction in family income. The increased maternity leave has little effect on children's schooling, parental earnings and labor force participation, completed fertility, marriage, or divorce. The expansions, whose net costs amounted to… CONTINUE READING
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