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The economic consequences of family policies:lessons from a century of legislation in high-incomecountries

Olivetti, Claudia and Petrongolo, Barbara (2017) The economic consequences of family policies:lessons from a century of legislation in high-incomecountries. CEP discussion paper (CEPDP1464). Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), London, UK.

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Abstract

We draw lessons from existing work and our own analysis on the effects of parental leave and other interventions aimed at aiding families. The outcomes of interest are female employment, gender gaps in earnings and fertility. We begin with a discussion of the historical introduction of family policies ever since the end of the nineteenth century and then turn to the details regarding family policies currently in effect across high-income nations. We sketch a framework concerning the effects of family policy to motivate our country- and micro-level evidence on the impact of family policies on gender outcomes. Most estimates of the impact of parental leave entitlement on female labor market outcomes range from negligible to weakly positive. The verdict is far more positive for the beneficial impact of spending on early education and childcare

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J18 - Public Policy
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 17:02
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019 23:30
Projects: CEP Labour Market Programme
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69046

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