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Publications

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

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Contingent Work: A Chart Book on Part-Time and Temporary Employment
by Polly Callaghan and Heidi Hartmann (January 1991)

 
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Working Parents: Differences, Similarities, And the Implications for a Policy Agenda
by Heidi I. Hartmann, Ph.D, Roberta M. Spalter-Roth, Ph.D (November 1990)

This paper has several goals: to describe, for the United States, the universe of working parents and their children; to note the differences and similarities among these parents and children, based on family structure, economic situation and race and ethnicity; and to explore their needs and consider how they can best be addressed by private and public policies.

 
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Mothers, Children, and Low Wage Work: The Ability to Earn a Family Wage
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (August 1990)

 
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Mothers, Children, and Low-Wage Work: The Ability to Earn a Family Wage
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D., Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., and Linda M. Andrews (August 1990)

In this paper we investigate the ability of women workers to earn a family wage–a wage adequate to support the worker, two children, and the services of a "housewife substitute" at or above the poverty level; how this ability varies by race, ethnicity, and marital status; the implications for children's poverty; and the extent to which income-support programs function as a substitute for a family wage.

 

Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave
by Roberta M. Spalter-Roth and Heidi Hartmann (April 1990)

 
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Raises and Recognition: Secretaries, Clerical Workers and the Union Wage Premium
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (April 1990)

 
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Raises and Recognition: Secretaries, Clerical Workers and the Union Wage Premium
by Heidi Hartmann and Roberta Spalter-Roth (April 1990)

 
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Women in Telecommunications: An Exception to the Rule
by Heidi Hartmann and Roberta Spalter-Roth (April 1990)

 
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Low-Wage Work, Health Benefits, and Family Well-Being
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (March 1990)

 
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Temporary Work
by Heidi Hartmann and June Lapidus (March 1990)

 
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Low-Wage Jobs and Workers: Trends and Options for Change
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Diana Pierce, Heidi Hartmann, Linda Andrews, and Stephen Hopkins (November 1989)

 
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Temporary Work
by Heidi Hartmann and June Lapidus (September 1989)

 
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Mothers, Children, and Low-Wage Work: The Ability to Earn a Family Wage
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (August 1989)

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Recent Wage Developments in Telecommunications: An Example from the Northeast
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (August 1989)

 
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The Importance of Health Benefits in the Telecommunications Industry
by Roberta Spalter-Roth and Linda Andrews (August 1989)

 
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The Dual Disadvantage of Displaced Homemakers: Findings from the Study, Lw-Wage Jobs and Workers: trends and options for Change
by Roberta Spalter-Roth (June 1989)

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Employment and Productivity, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate. Examines trends in the low-wage work to family poverty, and factors of upward mobility to provide a basis for policy development. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 
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Comparing the Living Standards of Husbands and Wives: In and Out of Marriage
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, PH.D (March 1989)

This paper argues that analyzing the livings standards of husbands and wives within families is a critical challenge for researchers concerned with the valid measurement of family well-being. No major data sets provide information about significant aspects of individual family members' living standards. The family remains a "black box" because it is treated as the natural unit of analysis. The paper defines living standards, reviews examples of inter- and intra- family examples, finds these efforts guilty of methodological sexism, describes a small scale study that needs replication, and notes the importance of housework in any measures of living standards. It concludes with suggestions for two major changes in data collection efforts.

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Feminism vs Familism: Research and Policy for the 1990's
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, PH.D (November 1988)

 
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Women's Work, Economic Trends, and Policy Issues
by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (May 1988)

 
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The Economic Realities of Child Care
by Heidi Hartmann (April 1988)

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC, and Supplementary Statement. Suggests that public subsidies for child care and public regulation of child care providers are warranted, and that policies assisting parents in combining work with family care will ensure workers needed for economic growth. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 
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