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Becoming a mompreneur: Parental leave policies and mothers' propensity for self-employment

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Contractionary parental leave policy reforms decrease the time mothers can stay at home after giving birth. This might discourage them to become an entrepreneur. Exploiting a German parental leave policy reform, we apply a regression discontinuity approach to establish a causal relationship between parental leave policies and the probability for mothers to become entrepreneurs (i.e., “mompreneurs”). We find that a decrease in the generosity of parental leave lowers the odds of mothers to become self-employed by 17%. We show additional evidence that suggests that this is particularly due to the reduced period of paid parental leave.

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  • female entrepreneurship, mompreneurs, parental leave, policy reform, female labor supply


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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages58
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2018

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NameGSBE Research Memoranda