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Maternal Addiction to Parental Leave

Per Engström (), Ann-Sofie Kolm () and Che-Yuan Liang ()

No 2006:28, Working Paper Series from Uppsala University, Department of Economics

Abstract: The increased demand for a more equal parental sharing of the responsibilities for children has led many countries to reconstruct their parental leave systems so to provide stronger incentives for fathers to participate in childcare. Father’s quotas are becoming widely spread across Europe. This paper provides arguments for why it may be welfare improving for both parents to increase the father’s share of the family’s parental leave time. However, regulations in terms of father’s quotas may not be optimal since it fails to recognise potentially heterogenous preferences. Instead, self-commitment devices should be provided in order to prevent mothers from taking too large share of the family’s leave time.

Keywords: Parental leave; Hyperbolic discounting; Addiction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 J13 J16 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2006-11-17
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