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The Effect of Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage on Children’s Long-Term Outcomes

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The Effect of Expansions in Maternity Leave Coverage on Children’s Long-Term Outcomes

This paper evaluates the impact of three major expansions in leave coverage in Germany on the longrun education and labor market outcomes of children. Evaluation of three policy reforms as opposed to a single reform enables us to analyze whether the impact of paid leave differs from that of unpaid leave, and whether an expansion of a relatively short leave period is more beneficial to child development than an expansion of an already long leave period. Our empirical analysis combines two large administrative data sources on wages, unemployment, and school outcomes. We identify the causal impact of the reforms by comparing outcomes of children born shortly before and shortly after a change in maternity leave legislation, and therefore require substantially weaker assumptions for identification than existing studies.


By AGF, UK and Germany..


Family and Children Policy Resource.


Supporting the development of children and young people's plans (CYPPs): the case-study data

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Supporting the development of children and young people's plans (CYPPs): the case-study data

As from April 2006 all local authorities were required to prepare and publish a Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) that will be reviewed annually. The first phase of this study involved analysis of the 2007 CYPPs, with a particular focus on the commissioning process and the areas of safeguarding and looked-after children (LAC). The first report, published in May 2008, presents the findings from this analysis


By NFER, UK.


Family and children Policy Resource.


The UK Child Trust Fund: A successful launch

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The UK Child Trust Fund: A successful launch

The Child Trust Fund is the world’s first universal children’s savings policy and many countries are keen to follow the UK’s lead. This paper, co-authored with the US thinktank the Aspen Institute, sets out some of the early findings from the UK’s experience of CTFs and highlights the key challenges for other countries interested in implementing a similar scheme.


By IPPR, UK.


Family and Children Policy Resource.


Cash budgets for carers to help families through care crunch

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Cash budgets for carers to help families through care crunch

Carers should get an individual cash budget to help families cope with a worsening care crunch, according to a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) published today (Sunday). The report comes ahead of the Prime Minister’s Carers Strategy Review expected to be published during next week’s Carers Week (9–15 June).


By IPPR, UK.


Family and children Policy Resource.