Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Professor Adam Grossberg


Paid family leave policies have become an international standard, influencing how Americans view parental rights. This international influence has garnered domestic support, resulting in a few US states passing their own policies. Given that every state is unique, it is important to understand how demographic and policy differences influence leave usage in the presence of a paid leave policy. Using data from the Current Population Survey, these effects will be analyzed using difference-in-difference estimations on California, which has an existing paid leave policy, and then applying them to Connecticut, whose paid leave policy has yet to be implemented. The model predicts that parents in Connecticut are comparatively more likely than parents in California to take parental leave, considering policy and demographic differences. Although the model focuses on Connecticut, it nevertheless provides policy makers with an idea of how changes in policy and demographics can influence leave usage in their own state.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford, CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Economics.