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, 37 (1), 10-37

Paid Family Leave, Fathers' Leave-Taking, and Leave-Sharing in Dual-Earner Households

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Paid Family Leave, Fathers' Leave-Taking, and Leave-Sharing in Dual-Earner Households

Anne P Bartel et al. J Policy Anal Manage.

Abstract

Using difference-in-difference and difference-in-difference-in-difference designs, we study California's Paid Family Leave (CA-PFL) program, the first source of government-provided paid parental leave available to fathers in the Unites States. Relative to the pre-treatment mean, fathers of infants in California are 46 percent more likely to be on leave when CA-PFL is available. In households where both parents work, we find suggestive evidence that CA-PFL increases both father-only leave-taking (i.e., father on leave while mother is at work) and joint leave-taking (i.e., both parents on leave at the same time). Effects are larger for fathers of first-born children than for fathers of later-born children.

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