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Leave Usage Following a First Birth Among Men in the United States: Evidence from New Nationally Representative Data

Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2022-05
Zachary Scherer

Introduction

Evolving norms regarding men’s role in childrearing and policy debates surrounding the adoption of a national paid parental leave policy underscore the importance of understanding how patterns of leave-taking among American men have changed, as well as the characteristics of men who do take leave. This paper uses data from the 2019 and 2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation to describe patterns of leave usage among men over time and model factors associated with the likelihood of men with first births after 2010 taking leave, differentiating between leave types. It finds that first-time fathers’ use of leave (particularly paid parental leave) has increased over time, and that there is sociodemographic variation in the use of leave by recent first-time fathers. Men with higher levels of educational attainment are more likely to take leave and, more specifically, to take paid leave than those with lower levels of educational attainment.

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