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1006 Fathers’ Parental Leave-Taking, Childcare Involvement and Mothers’ Labor Market Participation Marcus Tamm 2018 23 S.

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This study analyzes the effect of fathers’ parental leave-taking on the time fathers spend with their children and on mothers’ and fathers’ labor supply. Fathers’ leave-taking is highly selective and the identification of causal effects relies on within-father differences in leave-taking for first and higher order children that were triggered by a policy reform promoting more gender equality in leave-taking. Results show that even short periods of fathers’ parental leave may have long-lasting effects on fathers’ involvement in childcare and housework. Effects on maternal labor supply are also significantly positive but do not persist over time.




parental leave, childcare, female labor supply, gender differences, policy evaluation