ERIC Number: EJ784544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Parenthood and Productivity: A Study of Demands, Resources and Family-Friendly Firms
Wallace, Jean E.; Young, Marisa C.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v72 n1 p110-122 Feb 2008
We examine how the presence of children is related to women's and men's productivity. We hypothesize family demands, family resources, and family-friendly workplaces are also related to productivity. Productivity for 670 Alberta law firm lawyers is analyzed using a standardized measure of productivity referred to as billable hours. The results suggest that mothers with school-aged children are less productive than non-mothers, whereas fathers with preschool-aged children are more productive than non-fathers. While time spent on household and childcare tasks significantly reduces women's productivity, we find little support for the benefits of family resources or working in a family-friendly firm for women. Rather, fathers seem to benefit more: family resources are positively related to their productivity and family-friendly benefits allow them more time for leisure. These results support the assumption that having children is negatively related to women's productivity but challenges the belief that family-friendly policies are primarily beneficial only to mothers trying to balancing work and family.
Descriptors: Mothers, Children, Foreign Countries, Lawyers, Fathers, Parents, Family Financial Resources, Family Work Relationship, Productivity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada