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The Family and Medical Leave Act and the labor productivity of parents

Geoffrey Dunbar

Economics Letters, 2013, vol. 118, issue 2, 334-336

Abstract: The Family and Medical and Leave Act of 1993 in the US expanded workplace provisions for leave-taking by working parents. In this note, I propose a method to estimate the effect of the FMLA on the productivity of working parents using variation in the labor share of income. I find that the FMLA increased parental productivity by an estimated 5 percentage points.

Keywords: Parental leave; Labor productivity; Labor share (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 J22 J24 J38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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