Parental inputs and child outcomes: The role of more time with dad

Author: Daniel Avdic, And Arizo Karimi, And Anna Sjögren, And Elin Boström, And

Dnr: 52/2019

This project exploits the introduction of the first Swedish “daddy-month” in a

difference-in-discontinuities design to study how a shift of parental leave uptake from mothers to fathers affects children’s human capital. The “daddy-month” reform affected all families with children born on or after January 1st 1995 by earmarking one month of paid parental leave entitlements to each parent, such that the transfer of these days between parents was no longer allowed. We study how the increased parental leave uptake of fathers affects child test scores and health outcomes.