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Intra-household allocation of parental leave

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Gobbi, P. E., Parys, J., & Schwerhoff, G.
Publication Date: 
24 Nov 2015



We introduce childcare sharing in a collective model of household behavior to investigate which factors make spouses increase or decrease their share of parental leave. The concern about future consumption motivates parents to invest in their human capital and to limit their leave duration. Using relative income and the age di erence between spouses as distribution factors, we cannot reject Pareto eciency in childcare sharing. Higher relative incomes and larger age di erences shift the conditional leave allocation towards the relatively poorer and younger partner, respectively. Households with higher total income purchase more professional childcare.

-reprinted from Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales de l'Universite catholique de Louvain

Entered Date: 
7 Mar 2018
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