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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

    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.