Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #773

Fathers’ Parental Leave-Taking, Childcare Involvement and Mothers’ Labor Market Participation

by Marcus Tamm

RWI, 10/2018, 23 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-901-8 DOI: 10.4419/86788901



This study analyzes the effect of fathers’ parental leave-taking on the time fathers spend
with their children and on mothers’ and fathers’ labor supply. Fathers’ leave-taking is
highly selective and the identification of causal effects relies on within-father
differences in leave-taking for first and higher order children that were triggered by
a policy reform promoting more gender equality in leave-taking. Results show that
even short periods of fathers’ parental leave may have long-lasting effects on fathers’
involvement in childcare and housework. Effects on maternal labor supply are also
significantly positive but do not persist over time.

JEL-Classification: H31, J13, J22

Keywords: Parental leave; childcare; female labor supply; gender differences; policy evaluation