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CRF Affiliate Michelle Budig Talks Motherhood Wage Penalty with NBC News

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is pleased to announce that Michelle Budig (Family Research Scholar 2006-07) was recently interviewed by NBC News about her research on the motherhood wage penalty and the fatherhood wage bonus, where generally women make less money with each child they have while men’s earnings are likely to rise with marriage and children.

Budig is currently working on an NSF-funded project using multi-level models with cross-national data to estimate the effects of work-family reconciliation policies on the motherhood wage penalty. Budig’s research focuses on gender, employment, labor markets, earnings, stratification, and family. Her research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, Gender & Society, and numerous other professional journals. She is a past recipient of the World Bank/Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families and Work. 

As a CRF scholar, Budig investigated how work-family reconciliation policies; policies that change attitudes in the labor market to promote parental involvement in both work and care  (including paid maternity leave, publicly subsidized day care, and leave targeted for fathers) affect women's family formation patterns across 22 countries. Although governments have enacted many of these policies to slow or reverse fertility decline, little research has directly examined the effects of these policies on women's fertility. Budig also looked at recent differences in family formation patterns among social groups in the U.S.

Click here to read the NBC News Article.