How does paid family leave impact father’s leaves and dual-earner households?

This paper provides evidence on the impact of paid leave legislation on fathers’ leave-taking, as well as on the division of leave between mothers and fathers in dual-earner households. Professor Ann Bartel and others show that fathers are more likely to take leave in the first year of their children’s lives when Paid Family Leave (PFL) is available; moreover, PFL increases father-only leave-taking by 50 percent and joint leave-taking by 28 percent.

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