Sarah Bana

MIT Sloan School

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Institutional Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2018Unequal Use of Social Insurance Benefits: The Role of Employers
with Kelly Bedard, Maya Rossin-Slater, Jenna Stearns: w25163
California's Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) programs have become important sources of social insurance, with benefit payments now exceeding those of the state's Unemployment Insurance program. However, there is considerable inequality in program take-up. While existing research shows that firm-specific factors explain a significant part of the growing earnings inequality in the U.S., little is known about the role of firms in determining the use of public leave-taking benefits. Using administrative data from California, we find strong evidence that DI and PFL program take-up is substantially higher in firms with high earnings premiums. A one standard deviation increase in the firm premium is associated with a 57 percent higher claim rate incidence. Our results sugges...
March 2018The Impacts of Paid Family Leave Benefits: Regression Kink Evidence from California Administrative Data
with Kelly Bedard, Maya Rossin-Slater: w24438
We use ten years of California administrative data with a regression kink design to estimate the causal impacts of benefits in the first state-level paid family leave program for women with earnings near the maximum benefit threshold. We find no evidence that a higher weekly benefit amount (WBA) increases leave duration or leads to adverse future labor market outcomes for this group. In contrast, we document that a rise in the WBA leads to an increased likelihood of returning to the pre-leave firm (conditional on any employment) and of making a subsequent paid family leave claim.

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