Academic journal article Human Ecology

Study Offers Data on the Work and Family Careers of N.Y. Couples

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Study Offers Data on the Work and Family Careers of N.Y. Couples

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EVEN THOUGH WOMEN work--and prefer to work--fewer hours than men, they invest more of themselves in their jobs than do male workers. That is just one finding from the Cornell Couples and Career Study, which includes one of the most detailed databases on the work and family careers of couples.

The study is part of the Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute, which received a $3.5 million, three-year grant renewal from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The renewal will allow the institute not only to conduct a follow-up study on the 2,000 respondents in the Couples and Career Study but also to launch a new study of 1,000 couples in three communities in upstate New York.

"The Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute aims to promote understanding of two dynamic institutions--work and family--and their interface over the life course," says Phyllis Moen, the Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies at Cornell and director of the Cornell Careers Institute, which is part of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center. "Our research focuses on twoearner couples at various points in the life course, from starting their careers through the retirement transition. …

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