Women, Work & Health

CURRENT PROJECTS (listed in alpha-order by PI)

Project Title:  Archiving the Occupational Cohorts in the Work Family Health Network
PI: Lisa Berkman, PhD
Thomas Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Epidemiology, and Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, HSPH
Funder: National Institute on Aging
Summary: This project will archive and make accessible unique datasets that comprise the Work, Family, and Health Study; products will incorporate the multi-level nature of the WFHN,  conform to international standards of data documentation, and include user-friendly meta-data tools.

Project Title: Evaluating cardiometabolic and sleep health benefits of a workplace intervention
PI: Lisa Berkman, PhD, Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: NIH/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Buxton)
Summary: To understand the effects of family-supportive workplace intervention on managers’ cardiovascular health and sleep

Project Title: Social Protection, Work and Family Strain: Cumulative Disadvantage Effects in the US and Europe
PI: Lisa Berkman, PhD, Thomas Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Epidemiology, and Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, HSPH
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Summary: The study has multiple aims: 1) describe the distribution of work-family strain for females born 1920-1960 in the US and EU; 2) assess the differential toxicity of work-family strain on CVD risk behaviors and biomarkers, incidence of stroke and heart disease, CVD mortality, and life expectancy in the US and Europe; 3) assess whether distributions of the toxicity of work-family strain explain geographic and temporal variations in CVD and life expectancy, and 4) assess impacts of trends in work-family strain on socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in the US and Europe

Project Title:  Moms at Work: The Dynamics of Maternal Employment
PI: Alexandra Killewald, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Harvard
Funder: Upjohn Institute
Summary: Maternal employment rates have risen substantially over recent decades, but 3 in 10 mothers of minor children are not employed, and 5 in 10 do not work full time, with the majority of nonemployed mothers reporting that they would prefer employment. At the same time, women’s employment decisions have become less correlated with their own wages and those of their husbands, suggesting that policies attempting to use financial incentives to increase maternal employment may be inadequate. This study uses sequence analysis and data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) to describe maternal employment patterns over 18 years of maternity.

Project Title: The Impact of Microfinance on Health: Experimental Evidence from India
PI: Rohini Pande, PhD, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Summary: The project will use a rigorous experimental method to measure the impact of microfinance on health and aging, providing valuable information to policymakers for use in allocation of resources among development programs as well as in the design of

Project Title: Work Now, Marry Later: Textile Workers in India
PI: Rohini Pande, PhD, Professor of Public Policy; Chairman, Harvard Kennedy School of Govt
Funder: Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Summary: This project directly examines the link between female labor force participation and age of marriage and examines how the duration of employment in low skill manufacturing jobs can affect the marriage market.