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BETWEEN WORK AND FAMILY: CALIFORNIA’S PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW AND ITS EFFECTS ON GENDER DISPARITIES IN TIME-USE AND WELL-BEING

by Coyle, Bryna

Abstract

The United States is the only advanced, industrialized country without a federal paid family leave law. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) literature surrounding state-level paid leave policies point to the far-reaching benefits associated with offering families paid time off to bond with a new child or care for a sick family member. In this paper, we use individual responses from the American Time Use Survey and implement difference in difference, difference in difference in difference and ordered probit models to analyze time-use and well-being among heterosexual couples. Results show that leave-eligible fathers spend approximately 30 minutes more in housework activities each day than non-eligible fathers and that eligible mothers in California experience more meaningfulness and less stress at work. Findings of this study highlight the gender equality and well-being outcomes of paid leave in the United States.

Note

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:30996
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
59 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Daniel Johnson
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2019-05