Earmarked Paternity Leave and the Relative Income Within Couples

CEBI Working Paper Series, No. 02/19

9 Pages Posted: 8 May 2019

See all articles by Jeppe Druedahl

Jeppe Druedahl

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Mette Ejrnæs

University of Copenhagen

Thomas Jørgensen

University of Copenhagen

Date Written: April 11, 2019

Abstract

We study the causal link between earmarked paternity leave policies and the relative income share of women within couples. We utilize high quality administrative longitudinal register data for the universe of Danish individuals with a reform in 1998, which increased the earmarked paternity leave of fathers from two to four weeks. We estimate that the reform increased the women’s intra-household share of labor income with around 1.2 percentage points in the years following childbirth. We estimate a significant increase up to seven years after childbirth. We furthermore find that the effect is primarily driven by women employed in the private sector.

Keywords: Income Share, Parental Leave, Earmarked Leave, Household Bargaining

JEL Classification: D63, H24, H31, J13, J16, J24, J78

Suggested Citation

Druedahl, Jeppe and Ejrnæs, Mette and Jørgensen, Thomas, Earmarked Paternity Leave and the Relative Income Within Couples (April 11, 2019). CEBI Working Paper Series, No. 02/19, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3370138 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3370138

Jeppe Druedahl (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

Øster Farimagsgade 5
Bygning 26
1353 Copenhagen K.
Denmark

Mette Ejrnæs

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, København DK-1165
Denmark

Thomas Jørgensen

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, København DK-1165
Denmark

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