On the effect of parental leave duration on unempoyment and wages

Publicado: 02 Febrero 2018
Elena del Rey, maría Racionero y José Ignacio Silva

Del Rey, E., Racionero, M. and Silva, J.I. (2017): On the effect of parental leave duration on unempoyment and wages, Economic Letters, 158,14-17.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2017.06.029

Abstract

We introduce parental leave policies in a labor search and matching model and study the effect of leave duration on unemployment and wages. We show that the effects are ambiguous and depend on whether the net benefit of the leave for the worker relative to her bargaining power is larger than the net benefit of the leave for the firm relative to its bargaining power. Our results suggest that simulated labor market outcomes in search and matching models may be sensitive to the calibration of these key parameters of the model.