While conversations about paid leave tend to center around new parents, less attention has been paid to a different type of caregiver: those who take care of family members with a serious health condition.

A new working paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research examines the relationship between workers’ access to paid family leave and their employment and mental health outcomes. We spoke with economist Courtney Coile, one of the paper’s authors, about this paper and its implications for employer-provided paid family leave.

Here is a transcript of that conversation with Coile, lightly edited for space and clarity:

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