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The Long-Term Impact of Paid Parental Leave on Maternal Health and Subjective Well-Being

Katharina Heisig

No 10308, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: This paper studies the long-term impact of a paid parental leave reform in former East Germany in 1986 on maternal physical and mental health and subjective well-being. The reform extended paid leave for first-time mothers by six months to a maximum of twelve months. I use representative survey data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and a difference-in-differences design in a quasi-experimental setting. Results show that the effects of the reform were negligible on maternal long-term physical and mental health and subjective well-being. There is weak, but not robust, evidence for increased satisfaction with household activities, income, and work.

Keywords: social policy; parental leave; mental health; physical health; subjective well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 J13 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-des, nep-eur, nep-hap, nep-hea and nep-lab
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