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Am Econ Rev. 1994 Jun;84(3):622-41.

The incidence of mandated maternity benefits.

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Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 02139.

Abstract

I consider the labor-market effects of mandates which raise the costs of employing a demographically identifiable group. The efficiency of these policies will be largely dependent on the extent to which their costs are shifted to group-specific wages. I study several state and federal mandates which stipulated that childbirth be covered comprehensively in health insurance plans, raising the relative cost of insuring women of childbearing age. I find substantial shifting of the costs of these mandates to the wages of the targeted group. Correspondingly, I find little effect on total labor input for that group.

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