Edited by Guðný B. Eydal and Tine Rostgaard
Chapter 10: Leave policies for parents in a cross-national perspective: various paths along the same course?
The chapter by Thévenon presents leave policies for parents in a cross-national perspective. The author provides an overview of the main differences regarding key characteristics of leave entitlements and shows that the convergence across Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries remains rather limited in this regard in spite of extension of rights to leave almost everywhere. However, a growing number of countries seek to provide more flexibility to users to better meet families' constraints and to limit the adverse consequences that a prolonged interruption of work may have on career progression, and many countries grant fathers with specific entitlements to foster a more gender equal use of leave days. These individualized rights often remain limited but they nudge fathers to bond with their children from the early months after a childbirth.
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