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Changes in maternity leave coverage: Implications for fertility, labour force participation and child mortality

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posted on 2024-06-13, 07:20 authored by S Ahmed, D Fielding
© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Analysing macro-panel data from 18 African and Asian countries over the period 1995–2016, this article investigates the effects of the level and duration of paid maternity leave on three dimensions of human development: fertility, female formal-sector employment and infant mortality. There is some evidence that, on average, extending the duration of leave leads to reductions in infant mortality and employment. However, there is no conclusive evidence that leave duration has a direct effect on fertility. In contrast, there is some evidence that higher maternity leave payments lead to higher fertility, but no evidence that payment levels have any effect on infant mortality or employment.

History

Journal

Social science & medicine

Volume

241

Article number

112573

Pagination

1-14

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0277-9536

eISSN

1873-5347

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Elsevier