Leave in the lurch: Technical appendix Summary Economic analysis of OECD data
14 June 2023
Economic analysis of OECD data The purpose of this regression exercise was to identify the average effect of paternity leave policies on the incidence of gender wage gap as well as gender gaps in labour force participation rates. [...] The impact of paternity leave on mothers’ readiness to return to work According to the PTS State of the Nation survey, 27% of recent mothers surveyed did not feel physically ready to return to work when they returned, while 53% did not feel mentally ready and 59% did not feel emotionally ready. [...] 3 The explanatory variable was positive and significant at the 10% level across all forms of readiness to return to work however the paper focuses on the result for physical health as this was the only coefficient where the 95% confidence interval was above zero (see Figure 4). [...] As a logit regression shows the expected change in log odds of the dependant variable, to interpret the results we raise the exponential constant to the power of the coefficient. [...] Analysis of the PTS survey data suggests that increasing the uptake of paternity leave would increase mothers’ physical readiness to return to work, which may conceivably have an impact on the productivity of working mums.