Labour and Public Policy Seminar: Niels-Hugo Blunch, Washington and Lee University

Title: Under Pressure? Assessing the Roles of Cognitive Skills and Other Personal Resources for Work-Family and Work-Parenting Gains and Strains

2017.05.11 | Bodil Westermann Krog

Date Wed 08 Nov
Time 12:15 13:00
Location Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, building 2621(B), room 04

Speaker: Niels-Hugo Blunch, Washington and Lee University

Title: Under Pressure? Assessing the Roles of Cognitive Skills and Other Personal Resources for Work-Family and Work-Parenting Gains and Strains (joint with David Ribar and Mark Western)

Abstract: Many working parents struggle to balance the demands of their jobs and family roles. Although we might expect that additional resources would ease work-family constraints, theory and evidence regarding resources have been equivocal. This study uses recent data on more than 1,400 working mothers and fathers—as well as their cohabiting partners/spouses—from the Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey to investigate how personal resources in the form of skills, cognitive capabilities, and personality traits affect work-family gains and strains. It considers these along with standard measures of economic, social, and personal resources, and conducts multivariate analyses of gains and strains separately for employed mothers and fathers. Estimates indicate that mothers who score better on backwards-digit and word-recognition tests report fewer gains, while mothers with good backwards-digit scores also report more strains. Better scores on a symbol look-up test are associated with fewer gains for fathers, while better word-recognition scores are associated with fewer strains.

Organizer: Niels Skipper

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