Effects of Extending Paid Parental Leave on Children's Socio-Emotional Skills and Well-Being in Adolescence

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We study how children’s socio-emotional skills and well-being in adolescence are affected
by an increase in the duration of parental care during infancy. Exploiting a Danish reform
that extended paid parental leave in 2002 and effectively delayed children’s entry into
formal out-of-home care, we show that longer leave increases adolescent well-being,
conscientiousness and emotional stability, and reduces school absenteeism. The effects
are strongest for children of mothers who would have taken short leave in absence of the
reform. This highlights how time spent with a parent is particularly productive during very
early childhood.
Original languageDanish
Number of pages58
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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