NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, December 4, 2015, 8:19 AM
She’s daddy’s little girl — but daddy is likely to stay home longer if the kid in question is a boy.
A new study reveals that men are 50% more likely to take paternity leave if they have a son as opposed to a daughter.
The report published last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research stemmed from a review of California’s “paid family leave” policy that began 2004.
The good news: More parents were taking leave to be home with their newborns. And 46% more men took advantage of the law.
But the bad news: “Fathers of girls do not respond to the policy at all,” according to the study, which was first reported by Quartz.
It’s unclear why men want to bond with their sons more than their daughters — but there are two theories offered:
“First, it may be that fathers get more utility from spending time with their sons than daughters,” the study says. “Second, it may be that the parents perceive that paternal time spent caring for boys is relatively more productive than time spent caring for girls.”
It’s an issue that is likely to come up repeatedly now that more and more companies are offering paid paternity leave. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also pushed the issue forward, saying he would stay home for two months to be with his child, Max — far less time than he could have under his company’s policy.
By the way, Max is a girl.