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 The Comparative Family Policy Database was assembled under the direction of Anne H. Gauthier.
  
  Over the years, three different versions of the database have been released.
 
  • Version 1 of the database covered the period 1970-1990 and was used in the publication: Gauthier, A.H., Hatzius, J. (1997). 'Family policy and fertility: An econometric analysis'. Population Studies. 51: 295-306.


  • Version 2 covered the period 1970 - 1999 and was used in the publication: Gauthier, A. (2002), Family policies in industrialized countries: is there convergence? Population .57.3: 447-474.


  • Version 3 has been considerably revised and updated. The Comparative Family Cash Benefits Database now covers the period 1960-2008, while the "Comparative Maternity, Parental, and Childcare Leave and Benefits Database" contains data for the period 1960-2010. Users of previous versions should be aware that values of some of the variables have been altered in this new version to reflect new sources and/or revised series. Please consult the codebook for more information.
  We are grateful to the following institutes for their support in the updating of the databases: the University of Calgary, the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the Oxford Institute of Social Policy (University of Oxford).
  We are also grateful to the following students for their assistance in the construction of the database: Anita Bortnik, Cara Fedick, Tingting Lu, and Annette Tezli.
  Prof. Dr. A.H. (Anne) Gauthier is Research Scientist at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary


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