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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.

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Latest Reports from IWPR

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Welfare Reform Research: A Resource Guide for Researchers and Advocates
by Barbara Gault (June 1998)

Includes a set of tools for researchers investigating how women and their families are affected by welfare reform policies, and for advocates who want to use research to improve policies affecting low-income women. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

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Prospects for Low-Income Mothers' Economic Survival Under Welfare Reform
by Barbara Gault, Heidi Hartmann, Hsiao-ye Yi (June 1998)

Discusses the implications of data on the income and employent patterns of welfare recipients. Findings are taht high school education and job training are important predictors of escaping poverty, and taht childcare expenses account for a third of working welfare recipients' income. Concludes that states must address childcare and job-training needs for welfare recipients to successfully enter the labor market. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

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The Male/Female Wage Gap: Lifetime Earnings Losses
by Heidi Hartmann, Julie Whittaker (March 1998)

Using Current Population Survey data from 1979-1996, the authors estimate the lifetime earnings losses to an average 25-year-old woman today who works full-time year round for 40 years compared with an average 25-year-old man, assuming recent earnings trends for women and men prevail in the future. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

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Stall in Women's Real Wage Growth Slows Progress in Closing the Wage Gap
by IWPR (February 1998)

Analyzes 20 years of Current Population Survey data for women and men to track changes in the gender wage gap. Argues that since the mid 1990's, progress in narrowing the wage gap has stalled.

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High Skill and Low Pay: The Economics of Child Care Work
by Heidi Hartmann, Diana Pearce (February 1998)

G702, Executive Summary, 9 pages
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In Harm's Way? Domestic Violence, AFDC Receipt and Welfare Program
by IWPR (December 1997)

Summarizes the results of a Massachusetts survey of 734 women receiving welfare and reveals these women experience substantial incidence of domestic violence. Based on the study by economist Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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Single Mothers, Jobs, and Welfare: What the Data Tells Us
by Megan DeBell, Hsaio-Ye Yi, and Heidi Hartmann (December 1997)

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Single-Parent Families: Economic Survival and Welfare Reform
by Natalie Lacireno-Paquet, Shannon Garrett, and Jackie Chu (July 1997)

Can single parents on welfare find and keep jobs that enable them to support themselves and their families? Or will they need other sources of income in order to live above the poverty line? The IWPR research described here suggests that many single parents who have received welfare or other government assistance will be unable to earn enough to escape poverty unless they have other sources of income. Studying all families below 200 percent of the poverty level, IWPR researchers compared single-parent families (both those headed by mothers and those headed by fathers) with two-parent families to identify differences in their earnings, use of public benefits, and availability of other income sources.

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The Costs of Domestic Violence
by Stephanie Aaronson and Nicoletta Karam (May 1997)


IWPR Welfare Reform Network News
by (April 1997)

With the states facing a July 1, 1997, deadline to submit their welfare plans to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many state officials are considering how they will meet the challenges of moving large numbers of welfare recipients into the work force. This newsletter describes one central component of state efforts to move welfare recipients into the workforce: workfare. Workfare is one of several policy issues relation to the low-wage labor market and job creation/ availability issues under the new welfare law. In this newsletter, we describe some features of workfare programs and present research findings that suggest some implications workfare may have for the low-wage labor market and the well-being of welfare recipients.

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Measuring the Costs of Domestic Violence Against Women and the Cost-Effectiveness of Interventions: An Initial Assessment and Proposals for Further Research
by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., Louise Laurence, Roberta Spalter-Roth, and Diana M. Zuckerman (April 1997)

This review paper was prepared by the Institute for Women's Policy Research as part of a joint project with Victim Services, Inc. and the Domestic Violence Training Project.

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How Women Can Earn a Living Wage: The Effects of Pay Equity Remedies and a Higher Minimum Wage
by IWPR (April 1997)

Summarizes research by economists Deborah Figart and June Lapidus showing that both comparable worth and a higher minimum wage would reduce poverty consideably among low-income working women and their families.

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Child Rearing and Employment Turnover: Child Care Availability Increases Mother's Job Stability
by (March 1997)

Summarizes reserach by sociologists Sandra Hofferth and Nancy Collins showing that the availability of convenient, affordable, center-based child care significantly increases mother's tenure on the job. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.


The Status of Women in New York: Highlights
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The Status of Women in New Mexico: Highlights
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The Status of Women in New Jersey: Highlights
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The Status of Women in Michigan
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The Status of Women in Maryland: Highlights
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The Status of Women in Maine: Highlights
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The Status of Women in Illinois: Highlights
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