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IWPR publishes its research in formats ranging from short fact sheets to longer form research reports. The Institute publishes on topics addressing the policy needs of women, including pay equity, retirement security, family leave, paid sick days, and employment.

For a full overview of our research areas and to view publications by topic, please visit our Initiatives area. All publications are available for free download on our website or you may choose to buy them through the Google Checkout icon to the right of the publication listing.  To request a publication by phone or e-mail, please contact Mallory Mpare at 202-785-5100 or mpare@iwpr.org.

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Latest Reports from IWPR

Why Privatizing Government Services Would Hurt Women Workers
by Annette Bernhardt, Ph.D., and Laura Dresser, Ph.D. (March 2002)

This report analyzes the implications of privatization for women workers, especially those employed in low-end occupations. Data analyzed show that women disproportionately depend on the public sector for jobs that pay decent wages and offer benefits. This is especially true for African American and Hispanic women, and for women who do not have a college education. In part, higher wages and better access to health and pension benefits in the public sector can be attributed to higher rates of union coverage. The evidence suggests that privatizing government services will have a negative impact on women workers, especially those workers who are most vulnerable.

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Education and Job Training Build Strong Families
by Deanna Lyter (March 2002)

Improving the home life of children begins with expanding the opportunities and skills of the parents. Through job training and education, parents are prepared for more stable and higher paying occupations that help them rise out of poverty.

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Education and Job Training Build Strong Families
by Deanna Lyter (March 2002)

More than 11.5 million children live in poverty (US DOC 2001a) and likely will experience first-hand what research tells us – that poverty has long-lasting negative effects (McLeod and Shanahan 1996; McLoyd 1998; Reynolds and Ross 1998; Vandivere et al. 2000). Growing up in poverty, particularly if it is persistent:

 

Job Training and Education Fight Poverty
by M. K. Tally (March 2002)

The current federal welfare law limits the availability of education and training programs. The reauthorization of the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Block Grant offers an opportunity to make job training and education a central focus of welfare. This Fact Sheet is a synthesis of the data about benefits of these programs and makes recommendations on incorporating them into the current law.

 
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Job Training and Education Fight Poverty
by IWPR (March 2002)

Reviews the research literature on the effects of job training and education for parents on children and families. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 
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Poverty, Welfare, and Income Security
by Barbara Gault (March 2002)

Testimony before the House Education and The Workfroce Committee Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness. Focuses on the continuing implementation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the reauthorization of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and their importance in improving access to training for welfare recipients. Achieving the quality performance standards associated with WIA would help low-income women find and train for high quality, high demand jobs, achieve self-sufficiency, and reduce poverty.

 

Utilizing Workforce Investment Act Programs and TANF to Provide Education and Training Opportunities to Reduce Poverty Among Low-Income Women
by Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (March 2002)

Testimony of Barbara Gault, Director of Research, Institute for Women's Policy Research, before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, March 12, 2002

 

Working First But Working Poor: The Need for Education and Training Following Welfare Reform
by Cynthia Negrey, Stacie Golin, Sunhwa Lee, Holly Mead, Barbara Gault (March 2002)

An in-depth look at education and training- specifically for nontraditional jobs- as a solution for ending the cycle of poverty and helping women reach self-sufficiency. Based on hundreds of interviews at 29 sites in seven metropolitan areas in seven states.

 
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Models for Action: Making Research Work for Women
by Jean Sinzdak (February 2002)

A how-to manual offering extensive and practical guidance for using the Status of Women in the States reports to further state policy agendas for advocates, researcherse, and policymakers. Shows individuals and groups how to draw attention to issues that are critical to the status of women in their states. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 

The Benefits of Unionization for Workers in the Retail Food Industry
by Vicky Lovell, Ph.D., and Eliane Kim (February 2002)

This Research-in-Brief summarizes the findings of an analysis of the benefits of unionization in the retail food industry conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Using data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a dataset collected monthly by the federal government, this project compared the wages and benefits of unionized and nonunionized workers in the retail food industry, particularly for women, single mothers, cashiers, part-time workers, and part-time women workers.1 The project also suggests policy changes, summarized here, that would allow more women workers to experience the advantages of unionization.

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The Benefits of Unionization for Workers in the Retail Food Industry
by Vicky Lovell, Ph.D., Xue Song, Ph.D., and April Shaw (January 2002)

Economic changes in the last decade generally have brought low unemployment and increased productivity, but they have done little to improve workers’ wages. Research has established that labor unions can increase workers’ economic well-being and security. This study investigates the extent to which the benefits of unionization accrue to workers in the retail food industry, one of many industries that are facing new cost-cutting pressures in the globalized economy.

#C352, Report, 38 pages
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Models for Action: Making Research Work for Women
by Institute for Women's Policy Research (January 2002)

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) presents this resource as a way of helping statebased advocates, researchers, and policymakers utilize The Status of Women in the States reports to further their policy agendas by drawing attention to the issues critical to the status of women in their states.

 
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Beyond 50: A View of Economic Security in the States
by Sunhwa Lee, Ph.D., and Lois Shaw, Ph.D. (January 2002)

Report can also be accessed through the AARP website at http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-2002/aresearch-import-297.html

 

Feminist Perspectives on TANF Reauthorization: An Introduction to Key Issues for the Future of Welfare Reform
by Janice Peterson, Ph.D. (January 2002)

The purpose of this paper is to identify some of the key issues and goals that are emerging in TANF reauthorization discussions and to consider what a feminist agenda for TANF reauthorization might look like. The paper begins with an overview of the key elements and impacts of TANF, followed by a discussion of some critical TANF reauthorization issues and advocacy goals, and closes with some thoughts on how these issues and goals relate to feminist understandings of women's poverty and welfare reform.

#D452, Briefing Paper, 18 pages
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Why Privatizing Government Services Would Hurt Women Workers
by Annette Bernhardt and Laura Dresser (January 2002)

This report analyzes the implications of privatization for women workers, especially those employed in low-end occupations.

#B237, 28 pages
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The Benefits of Unionization for Workers in the Retail Food Industry
by Vicky Lovell, PhD, Xue Song, PhD, and April Shaw (December 2001)

Economic changes in the last decade generally have brought low unemployment and increased productivity, but they have done little to improve workers’ wages. Research has established that labor unions can increase workers’ economic well-being and security. This study investigates the extent to which the benefits of unionization accrue to workers in the retail food industry, one of many industries that are facing new cost-cutting pressures in the globalized economy.

#C352, 38 pages
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The Status of Women in the States Overview
by Ed. Amy B. Caiazza (December 2001)

 

Best and Worst States for Women
by Ed. Amy B. Caiazza (December 2001)

 

The Status of Women in Wisconsin
by Ed. Amy B. Caiazza (December 2001)

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The Status of Women in West Virginia
by Ed. Amy B. Caiazza (December 2001)

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