The impact of paid maternity leave: evidence from temporary disability insurance in Rhode Island

Project Summary:

This research explores how maternity leave affects mothers and their children. Much of the work on paid maternity leave in the United States has focused on the labor supply effect for women, with a small literature on health effects for children. Using a set of linked administrative data from the state of Rhode Island, this project will examine a more extensive set of outcomes for both mothers and children. In addition, the research will look at maternal and child outcomes for individuals across the income distribution, providing needed nuance to assess various policy options.


Eric Chyn is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Virginia (UVA) and a Faculty Research Fellow at the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL) at Brown University. His primary research fields are labor and public economics. In his recent work, he has studied the effects of government programs on children. He received my PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2016.