Applied micro/Scandinavian Exchange Seminar with Anne Sophie Lassen
Anne Sophie Lassen, CBS
Title: “Gender Norms and Specialization in Household Production: Evidence from a Danish Parental Leave Reform”
Abstract: The arrival of children implies a sharp reduction in mothers’ earnings and labor supply while fathers’ labor market trajectories are unaffected. To understand this specialization, I exploit a Danish parental leave reform. Upon reform implementation, mothers increase their leave by 5 weeks while the average leave duration of fathers remains unchanged, irrespectively of relative earnings. Consistent with the role of gender identity, women who had a working mother take a shorter leave than those with a stay-at-home mother. Moreover, I document peer effects among sisters who take a longer leave if exposed to the reform-induced change in leave duration.