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Presentation Title

Germany’s 2007 Parental Leave Reforms: The Effects on Women’s Return-to-Work Decisions Following Childbirth

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Margaret Hennessy, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 423

Abstract

This paper evaluates the policy-induced changes from Germany’s 2007 Parental Leave Policy reforms in new mothers’ return-to-work intentions after childbirth. To empirically test the effects on new mother’s employment behavior, I utilize the 2003 and 2009 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP) in conducting a probit regression analysis. The results suggest Germany’s introduction of its parental leave and benefit reforms have created an overall positive effect– encouraging new mothers’ return to the labor force following childbirth.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

4-8-2014 2:20 PM

Panel

Panel: Microfinance, Parental-Leave, and Studies of the Economies of Panama and Kosovo

Field of Study for Presentation

Economics

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Apr 8th, 1:00 PM Apr 8th, 2:20 PM

Germany’s 2007 Parental Leave Reforms: The Effects on Women’s Return-to-Work Decisions Following Childbirth

Young 423

This paper evaluates the policy-induced changes from Germany’s 2007 Parental Leave Policy reforms in new mothers’ return-to-work intentions after childbirth. To empirically test the effects on new mother’s employment behavior, I utilize the 2003 and 2009 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP) in conducting a probit regression analysis. The results suggest Germany’s introduction of its parental leave and benefit reforms have created an overall positive effect– encouraging new mothers’ return to the labor force following childbirth.