Jeppe Drudahl, Mette Ejrnæs, Thomas H. Jørgensen, 28 July 2019

The European Parliament recently proposed a requirement that each parent have the right to two months of non-transferable or ‘earmarked’ paid leave. This column analyses the effects of earmarking parental leave for fathers on the relative income of women within couples. The findings suggest that such reforms have the potential to transform not only household norms but gender inequality more broadly. 


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