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Return to work after childbirth: Does parental leave matter in Europe?

Number: 14
Year: 2008
Author(s): Chiara Pronzato
Keywords: parental leaves,women’s labour supply,childbirth,childcare
This paper investigates the role of extended parental leave in the return to work of mothers of newborn children. Exploiting the variability in policies offered by European countries, the paper studies the influence of statutory leave on the probability of returning to work at different ages of the child. Results suggest that providing paid leaves increases the probability of remaining at home when the child is under 3, and that lengthy statutory leaves are associated with being more likely to return eventually to work.

Chiara Pronzato

Universita Bocconi, Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics, University of Essex, ISER, Statistics Norway, CHILD

 

 

Keywords: parental leaves, womens labour supply, childbirth, childcare

 

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