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Speedy Responses: Effects of Higher Benefits on Take-up and Division of Parental Leave
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
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Abstract [en]

Using population wide register data, I exploit the “speed premium" rule in the Swedish parental leave system to estimate the causal effect of a change in the level of benefits per day on the utilization of parental leave. The results show that a 1% (5 SEK≈  $0.54) increase in the mother's benefit level per day increases her length of leave by 2.6 days (≈ 1%). Fathers respond by reducing their own time on leave by 1.9 days, i.e. about 75% of the mother's increase. This suggests that changes in the benefit level effects not only the recipient's time on leave, but also the division of leave between parents. This is the first paper to causally estimate the elasticity of take-up duration (length of spell) with respect to the parental leave benefit level; which is found to be equal to 1 for mothers.

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Uppsala: Uppsala University, 2018. , p. 67
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Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2018:14
Keywords [en]
parental leave; division of labor; labor supply; take-up elasticity
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Economics
Research subject
Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-366299DiVA, id: diva2:1264138
Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2018-11-26Bibliographically approved

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