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Public policies, women's employment after childbearing, and child well-being

Washbrook, Elizabeth, Ruhm, Christopher J, Waldfogel, Jane and Han, Wen-Jui (2011) Public policies, women's employment after childbearing, and child well-being. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 11 (1). pp. 1-50. ISSN 1935-1682

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Abstract

In this paper, we consider three U.S. public policies that potentially influence the work decisions of mothers of infants—parental leave laws, exemptions from welfare work requirements, and child care subsidies for low-income families. We estimate the effects of these policies on the timing of work participation after birth, and on a range of outcomes in the subsequent four years, using a group difference-in-difference technique suitable for analysis of cross-sectional data. We find that the three policies affect early maternal work participation, but obtain no evidence of significant consequences for child well-being.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bejeap
Additional Information: © 2012 De Gruyter
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J68 - Public Policy
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 15:38
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43729/

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