Maternal employment effects of paid parental leave

Annette Bergemann, Regina T. Riphahn*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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We study the short-, medium-, and long-run employment effects of a substantial change in Germany's parental leave benefit program. In 2007, a means-tested parental leave transfer program that paid benefits for up to 2 years was replaced with an earnings-related transfer that paid benefits for up to 1 year. The reform changed the regulation for prior benefit recipients and added benefits for those who were not eligible before. Although long-run labor force participation did not change substantially-the reform sped up mothers' labor market return after their benefits expired. Likely pathways for this substantial reform effect are changes in social norms and in mothers' preferences for economic independence.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)139-178
Aantal pagina's40
TijdschriftJournal of Population Economics
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - jan.-2023

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