Recent Awards

An article written by Wen-Jui Han (CPRC faculty), Chris Ruhm, Jane Waldfogel (CPRC faculty), and Elizabeth Washbrook (CPRC Visiting Post-doctoral fellow, 2007-08) for the June 2008 issue of the Monthly Labor Review entitled "Timing of Mother's Employment after Child Birth" was selected as the best article written by authors from outside of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The article was selected by a group of experts from within and from outside of the BLS. The group is charged with assessing all of the articles written for the Monthly Labor Review, the principal journal of fact, analysis, and research of the BLS.

Abstract: According to data from a new nationally representative study of women who gave birth in 2001, the speed of a woman’s return to work after the birth of a child was influenced by many factors, including family structure, education, age, birth history, and race/ethnicity, but the strongest factor was whether or not the woman had been working prior to the birth.

An article co-authored by Neeraj Kaushal (CPRC faculty), Qin Gao (CPRC Visiting Scholar, 2009), and Jane Waldfogel (CPRC faculty), has been selected as one of the twenty best articles of 2008 in the annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research competition.

Kaushal, N., Gao, Q., & Waldfogel, J. (2007). Welfare reform and family expenditures: How are single mothers adapting to the new welfare and work regime? Social Service Review 81:3, 369-396.

This work studies the association between welfare reform, broadly defined to include an array of social policy changes affecting low‐income families in the 1990s, and expenditure patterns of poor single‐mother families. The findings suggest that welfare reform is not associated with any statistically significant change in total expenditures in families headed by low‐educated single mothers. However, patterns of expenditure changed. The reform policy is associated with an increase in spending on transportation and food away from home, as well as on adult clothing and footwear. In contrast, it is not related to changes in expenditures on child care or learning and enrichment activities. The pattern of results suggests that welfare reform has shifted family expenditures toward items that facilitate work outside the home but, at least so far, does not allow low‐income families to catch up with more advantaged families in expenditures on learning and enrichment.

Congratulations to all!