New Article: Inclusiveness of Parental-Leave Benefits in 21 European Countries


by Ivana Dobrotić and Sonja Blum

How inclusive are parental leave benefits in European countries? In their new article published in Social Politics, Ivana Dobrotić and Sonja Blum analyse eligibility to parental leave benefits in 21 European countries through an eligibility index. They show that the importance of employment-based benefits and gender-sensitive policies increased between 2006 and 2017. Eligibility criteria remained stable, but due to labour market trends, such as increasing precariousness, fewer parents may fulfil the conditions for employment-based benefits.