The Impact of Paid Family Leave on Employers: Evidence from New York

31 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2021

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Ann P. Bartel

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Maya Rossin-Slater

Stanford University

Christopher J. Ruhm

University of Virginia - Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Meredith Slopen

Columbia University

Jane Waldfogel

Columbia University - School of Social Work

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Abstract

We designed and fielded a survey of New York and Pennsylvania firms to study the impacts of New York's 2018 Paid Family Leave policy on employer outcomes. We match each NY firm to a comparable PA firm and use difference-in-difference models to analyze within-match-pair changes in outcomes. We find that PFL leads to an improvement in employers' rating of their ease of handling long employee absences, concentrated in the first policy year and among firms with 50–99 employees. We also find an increase in employee leave-taking in the second policy year, driven by smaller firms.

JEL Classification: J21, J23, J32, I38

Suggested Citation

Bartel, Ann P. and Rossin-Slater, Maya and Ruhm, Christopher J. and Slopen, Meredith and Waldfogel, Jane, The Impact of Paid Family Leave on Employers: Evidence from New York. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14262, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3823629

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Maya Rossin-Slater

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