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Claudia Goldin presents evidence that female college graduates are rarely able to balance motherhood with "career track" employment, and Jane Waldfogel demonstrates that having children results in substantially lower wages for women. Do parental leave policies improve the situation for women? Gender and Family Issues in the Workplace offers a variety of perspectives on this important question. Some propose that extended leave improves women's wages by allowing them to preserve their job tenure. Other economists express concern that federal leave policies prevent firms and their workers from acting on their own particular needs and constraints, while others argue that because such policies improve the well-being of children they are necessary to society as a whole. Olivia Mitchell finds that although the availability of unpaid parental leave has sharply increased, only a tiny percentage of workers have access to paid leave or child care assistance. Others caution that the current design of "family-friendly policies" may promote gender inequality by reinforcing the traditional division of labor within families. The various points of view combine to form an innovative and up-to-date investigation into women's chances for success and equality in the modern economy.
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Editorial Reviews

In 1993, federal legislation was passed that required most firms to provide unpaid maternity leave for up to 12 weeks. Yet motherhood remains a primary obstacle to women's economic success. This volume's eight chapters provide provocative new analyses of women's status in the labor market while exploring the debate surrounding parental leave from a variety of perspectives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871541178
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
  • Publication date: 6/8/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANCINE D. BLAU is Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Cornell University, she is also research director of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, director of the Institute for Labor Market Policy, faculty associate of the Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute, and affiliate of the Women's Studies Program.

RONALD G. EHRENBERG is Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics and director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute. He is also research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and is president-elect of the Society of Labor Economists.

CONTRIBUTORS: Francine D. Blau, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Barbara R. Bergmann, Rebecca M. Blank, Ileen A. DeVault, Paula England, Marianne A. Ferber, Claudia Goldin, Jonathan Gruber, Marjorie Honig, Lawrence F. Katz, Jacob Alex Klerman, Renee M. Landers, Arleen Leibowitz, Janice Fanning Madden, Olivia S. Mitchell, H. Elizabeth Peters, Solomon W. Polachek, James B. Rebitzer, Cordelia W. Reimers, Donna S. Rothstein, Christopher J. Ruhm, Myra H. Strober, Lowell J. Taylor, Jackqueline L. Teague, Jane Waldfogel, and Michael Waldman.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Career and Family: College Women Look to the Past 20
Commentary 59
Commentary 61
Ch. 3 Labor Supply Effects of State Maternity Leave Legislation 65
Commentary 86
Commentary 89
Ch. 4 Working Mothers Then and Now: A Cross-Cohort Analysis of the Effects of Maternity Leave on Women's Pay 82
Commentary 127
Commentary 130
Ch. 5 Parental Leave Policies in Europe and North America 133
Commentary 157
Commentary 162
Ch. 6 Work Norms and Professional Labor Markets 166
Commentary 203
Commentary 206
Ch. 7 Early Career Supervisor Gender and the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Workers 210
Commentary 256
Commentary 264
Ch. 8 Three Perspectives on Policy
Work and Family Benefits 269
Work-Family Policies and Equality Between Women and Men 277
The Role of Child Care and Parental Leave Policies in Supporting Family and Work Activities 280
References 285
Index 297
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