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Sick of family responsibilities?
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Statistics.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2019 (English)In: Empirical Economics, ISSN 0377-7332, E-ISSN 1435-8921Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This study estimates the effect of parenthood on the within-couple gender gap in paidsick leave. We find that as a result of parenthood, mothers more than double their sick leave compared with fathers. However, there is no corresponding effect on health measured by hospital stays. We also find that mothers’ income trajectory is strongly related to the magnitude of the effect: A less favorable income trajectory is associated with a larger effect of parenthood on the sick leave gap. Since mothers’ labor supply is measured 1 year prior to sick leave, this result suggests that the lower labor supply induces an increase in sick leave rather than the other way round.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-375108OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-375108DiVA, id: diva2:1282807
Available from: 2019-01-26 Created: 2019-01-26 Last updated: 2019-01-26

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