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Using an economic perspective, the contributors confront work/family issues including child care (potentially the biggest obstacle to parents successfully integrating work and family priorities), how parents balance time between work and family obligations, links between women's childbearing and their economic outcomes, the success of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the relationship between family structure and labor market outcomes. They also argue for specific policies designed to alleviate the stresses related to these issues.


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Download 3. Parents' Work Time and the Family / Cordelia W. Reimers (244 KB)

Download 4. Fertility, Public Policy, and Mothers in the Labor Force / Susan L. Averett (156 KB)

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EDUCATION; Early childhood; Childcare; LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Employment relationships; Nonstandard work arrangements; Work and family balance

The Economics of Work and Family




Kimmel, Jean, and Emily P. Hoffman, eds. 2002. The Economics of Work and Family. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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