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Unformatted text preview: PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [State University of New Jersey] On: 9 November 2008 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 789762365] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Review of Social Economy Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713708792 Family Friendly Policies: Helping Mothers Make Ends Meet Heather Boushey a a Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Washington, DC Online Publication Date: 01 March 2008 To cite this Article Boushey, Heather(2008)'Family Friendly Policies: Helping Mothers Make Ends Meet',Review of Social Economy,66:1,51 70 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/00346760701668446 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00346760701668446 Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. Family Friendly Policies: Helping Mothers Make Ends Meet Heather Boushey Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Washington, DC Abstract This paper examines how family friendly policies affect mothers wages. Standard economic theory predicts that workers who desire family friendly policies would accept lower wages, all else equal. However, in the US labor market, the workers who have access to these policies tend to be in the higher-prestige and higher-earning occupations. This study examines the effects on wages of having had access to maternity leave and the ability to control ones schedule, using the Survey of Income and Program Participation. The present-day wages of mothers who were working prior to the birth of their first child and received pay during their maternity leave are 9 percent higher compared to other mothers, controlling for other personal and job-related characteristics. Mothers who report working their current schedule because it helps them address their caring responsibilitieschild care, elder care, or care for a sick family memberdo not suffer a wage penalty as a result....
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