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Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 779–825 | Cite as

Parental leave policies, intra-household time allocations and children’s human capital

  • Raquel Bernal
  • Anna FrutteroEmail author
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Abstract

This paper uses a general equilibrium model of marriage and divorce to assess how public policies on parental leave and leave benefits affect intra-household decision making, family structure, intergenerational mobility, and the distribution of income. The benchmark economy is calibrated to US data to replicate some characteristics relevant to the interaction between the marriage and labor markets. The effects of unpaid leave, paid leave benefits, and mandated leave on human capital investment, distribution of income, and welfare are then analyzed.

Keywords

Parental leave Human capital investment Income distribution 

JEL codes

J1 J2 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwestern University and Institute for Policy ResearchEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.The World BankWashingtonUSA

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