Paid Leave: Implications for New Mothers, Caregivers, and Employers
(Family and Child Policy)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
Researchers in multiple disciplines explore the impact of paid parental leave on the labor supply and wages of new parents. While research generally reveals a positive effect of such policies on outcomes like leave-taking and employment in the short-run, there remains some debate about the longer-term effects of such a policy on both workers and employers. This session seeks to highlight emerging evidence on previously unexplored facets of paid leave in two contexts: California and Great Britain. Specifically, the four papers in this panel estimate the effect of paid leave on longer-term labor market outcomes for new parents, employer behavior, and caregivers’ labor supply.
The outcomes of session will be threefold: (1) provide high-quality analytical research documenting the effects of paid leave; (2) offer insight to policymakers as the debate surrounding paid family leave intensifies at the national level; and (3) bring together scholars in the field to promote collaboration and future research.