Anna Raute, 06 May 2022

If fathers don't acknowledge paternity, it affects both mother and child. Should the state increase financial support for single parents, should we incentivise marriage – or is there another option? Anna Raute tells Tim Phillips that the surprising impact of an unrelated German social policy suggests there may be.

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Raute, A, Weber, A and Zudenkova, G. 2022. 'Can public policy increase paternity acknowledgement? Evidence from earnings-related parental leave'. CEPR


Jeppe Druedahl, 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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