Labor Market Effects of Paid Maternity Leave

Forskningsenhed: EPRU

Recently, Sweden's substantial portion of paid maternity leave earmarked for men spurred a discussion among Danish politicians and media whether the Danish system should be changed to be more similar to that of Sweden. While the debate is political in nature, it most surely lacked good empirical evidence on the effect of paid maternity leave on labor market behavior.1 Particularly little is known about how to optimally construct paid maternity leave schemes. We want to contribute to this understanding in a Danish context using methods that expand the current international research frontier by asking: How does paid maternity leave affect labor market participation of men and women?

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