The Welfare-Enhancing Role of Parental Leave Mandates

Spencer Bastani, Tomer Blumkin, Luca Micheletto

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A major factor that contributes to persistent gender variation in labor market outcomes is women's traditional role in the household. Child-related absences from work imply that women accumulate less job experience, are more prone to career discontinuities and, hence, suffer a motherhood penalty. We highlight how the gender-driven career/family segmentation of the labor market may create a normative justification for parental leave rules as a means to enhance efficiency in the labor market and alleviate the gender wage gap.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)77-126
Number of pages50
JournalJournal of Law, Economics, and Organization
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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