Econ Active Research Lunch - Lunch @ 11:30am, Presentation @ 12L00pm in UH850
Presenter: Jason Ward
The Four-day School Week and Parental Labor Supply
In this study I estimate the effect of adoption of the four-day school week, a permanent reduction in annual days of schooling, on parental employment. Using a difference-in-differences empirical model, I estimate causal effects of the four-day school week on parental employment and earnings across four states—CO, ID, OK, OR—with large increases in the use of the policy in the last decade. Estimates indicate that, among mothers with children all between ages 5 and 13, increasing four-day week enrollment from zero to 25 percent of an area’s students causes an 11% decrease in employment, a 12% decrease in annual hours worked, and evidence of an associated decrease in maternal earnings. In contrast to these estimates, I find that the policy led to an 18% increase in annual weeks worked by single mothers. The labor supply of married fathers was not significantly affected by adoption of the four-day school week.