This research examined the effect of parental leave policies and socio-economic factors on labor force participation in 29 OECD countries, with a focus on the United States, Germany, and Turkey. The aim of the study was to determine how various aspects of policy and demographic factors impact parents’ choice to remain or exit the labor market. Through an interdisciplinary analysis of economic and feminist theory and literature, this study found mixed results. The results of regression analysis did not support the hypotheses; however, several lessons about intersectional research were revealed. Mainly, the need for comprehensive parental leave policies is not necessarily justified through purely statistical research. The complexities of human and social identity transcend quantitative analysis.


Burnell, Barbara

Second Advisor

Vesey, Alyxandra


Economics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Comparative Politics | Econometrics | Economic Policy | Economic Theory | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Labor Economics | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Social Policy


parental leave, united states, germany, turkey, labor force participation, feminism, economics

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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