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The Impact of Paid Family Leave on Employers: Evidence from New York

Ann P. Bartel (), Maya Rossin-Slater (), Christopher Ruhm (), Meredith Slopen () and Jane Waldfogel ()
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Ann P. Bartel: Columbia University
Maya Rossin-Slater: Stanford University
Meredith Slopen: Columbia University
Jane Waldfogel: Columbia University

No 14262, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We designed and fielded a survey of New York and Pennsylvania firms to study the impacts of New York's 2018 Paid Family Leave policy on employer outcomes. We match each NY firm to a comparable PA firm and use difference-in-difference models to analyze within-match-pair changes in outcomes. We find that PFL leads to an improvement in employers' rating of their ease of handling long employee absences, concentrated in the first policy year and among firms with 50–99 employees. We also find an increase in employee leave-taking in the second policy year, driven by smaller firms.

Keywords: paid family leave; employers; worker absences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I38 J21 J23 J32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2021-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cfn, nep-lma and nep-ore
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