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Why Firms Offer Paid Parental Leave: An Exploratory Study

Claudia Goldin, Sari Pekkala Kerr, Claudia Olivetti

NBER Working Paper No. 26617
Issued in January 2020

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We are extremely grateful to Namrata Narain, the primary RA on the project, to Jennifer Walsh who followed her, and to Valeria Ferraro who ably assisted in collecting data on firm-level benefits. Kristen Monaco of the BLS kindly helped us obtain the cross-tabulations of the Economic Benefits Survey (EBS). We thank Dev Patel and participants at the HKS-WAPPP seminar for providing helpful comments. The Russell Sage Foundation (Grant #85-18-05) and the NSF (Grant #1823635) are to be gratefully acknowledged for providing the research funding. We presented an earlier version of this paper at the AEI/Brookings “Paid Family and Medical Leave Author’s Conference,” November 19, 2019. We thank the participants and especially our discussant, Ann Bartel, for helpful comments. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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