Parental Leave Institutions in
Eighteen Post-War Welfare States

By Tommy Ferrarini
December 2003
Stockholm University
ISBN: 91-7604-095-X
174 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$77.50 Paper Original

This doctoral dissertation applies a macro-comparative and institutional approach to the study of incentive structures, determinants and outcomes of legislated parental leave benefits. Parental leave is defined as all benefits directed to mothers, fathers or both parents to facilitate parental childcare during the early post-natal period. By separating different aspects of such institutions, prospects are improved to analyze how paid parental leave shapes agency, actions and living conditions of parents and children. For this purpose, new institutional data on such benefits has been collected. The included countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Swedish Institute for Social Research No. 58

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