Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 731–760

The effects of parental leave extension on training for young women

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00148-009-0295-y

Cite this article as:
Puhani, P.A. & Sonderhof, K. J Popul Econ (2011) 24: 731. doi:10.1007/s00148-009-0295-y


Using three datasets for West Germany, we estimate the effect of the extension of parental leave from between 10 and 18 to 36 months on young women’s participation in job-related training. Specifically, we employ difference-in-differences identification strategies using control groups of older women and young and older men. We find that parental leave extension negatively affects job-related training for young women, even if they do not have children, especially when the focus is on employer-arranged training. There is tentative evidence that young women partly compensated for this reduction in employer-arranged training by increasing training on their own initiative.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für ArbeitsökonomikLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.SEWUniversity of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.ERMESUniversité Paris IIParisFrance
  4. 4.IZABonnGermany