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An Evaluation of the Third Daddy Month in the Swedish Parental Leave System
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper studies the third reserved month in the Swedish parental leave system and its effect on the parental leave take up rate of fathers and mothers. I take advantage of the design of the reform by using a regression discontinuity design. The result demonstrates that the reform has led to an increase in the parental leave take up of fathers and a decrease in the parental leave take up of mothers. I find that fathers with incomes above a certain income cap seem to increase their parental leave to a larger extent compared to fathers with incomes below the cap. Also, I find that in families in which both parents have an income above or below the income cap, the mother uses the majority of the parental leave days although these families should not have economic incentives to split the parental leave unequally. Fathers with more than secondary level education demonstrate a larger increase in their parental leave take up as a result of the reform and use higher levels of parental leave compared to fathers with secondary level education or less.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
parental leave; gender equality; gender norms; regression discontinuity
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356931OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-356931DiVA, id: diva2:1237482
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Available from: 2018-08-09 Created: 2018-08-09 Last updated: 2018-08-09Bibliographically approved

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