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Seminar Series: Michelle Budig, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts

Mompreneurs or Just Women in Business? The Impacts of Public Policy, Cultural Norms, and Family Structure on Women's Entrepreneurship in 15 Countries
When Apr 07, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

Past research shows that women's participation in self-employment in the U.S. is profoundly shaped by family responsibilities, particularly among nonprofessionals. This is partially attributed to the absence of significant employment supports for mothers of young children. But if these supports - such as universal publicly funded childcare or paid maternity leave - did exist in the U.S., would women's engagement in self-employment also change? Scholars have shown these policies shape women's employment and earnings, but their links to women's self-employment remain unexplored. Using data from the Work Family Policy Indicators (WFPI) and Comparative Family Policy database, longitudinal panel data from the European Community Household Panel Data (ECHP), and cultural indicators data from the European Values Study (EVS), we examine the relationships between work-family policies and gender differences in self-employment participation across fifteen westernized countries.

About the Speaker

Michell Budig

Michelle J. Budig, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts. Her research interests include labor market inequalities, wage penalties for paid and unpaid caregiving, work-family policy, and nonstandard employment. Her research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, Gender & Society, and numerous other professional journals. She is a past recipient of the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations, the World Bank/ Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families and Work.

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