Date of Completion
Family Leave, Child Care, Cultural Norms, Immigrants
Stephen L. Ross
Field of Study
Doctor of Philosophy
This dissertation investigates parental decision making during early childhood. I aim to study how policy can influence parental time investments in children and how cultural norms can influence parental leave take up and early care and education program participation. The first chapter focuses on how the California Paid Family Leave policy influenced the amount of time and type of activities parents perform with their children. The second chapter examines how norms regarding paid parental leave impact parental leave take up in the US. Similarly, the third chapter explores how norms regarding childcare influence childcare attendance.
Minieri, Samantha, "Three Essays on Family Leave and Childcare" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations. 2212.