Work and Occupations Article Finalist for Kanter Award

From Dan Cornfield:

Please join me in congratulating  Ayse Yetis-Bayraktar (Bogazici University), Michelle J. Budig (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)!

Their article—“From the Shop Floor to the Kitchen Floor: Maternal Occupational Complexity and Children’s Reading and Math Skills”— in the February 2013 issue of Work and Occupations was selected as one of five finalists in the international competition for the 2013 Rosabeth Kanter Award!

The honor was announced at the Work and Familiy Researchers Network Conference in New York City on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

“Named in honor of Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who has been identified as the most influential contributor to modern literature on work and family, the Kanter Award is given for the best research paper published during the year. No applications or nominations are accepted. The finalist articles were selected through a rigorous process involving nomination and review by a committee of over 45 leading scholars. This year, five finalists were selected from over 2500 articles published in 2013 in 77 leading English-language journals from around the world . . . The Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family developed the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award to raise the awareness of high quality work-family research among the scholar, consultant and practitioner communities.  Through the generous sponsorship of the Corporate Partners of the Boston College Center for Work & Family, the standards of quality for work-family research will continue to rise, and actionable findings from the best studies will become more commonplace in business communities to inform policy and best people practices.”

Here is the abstract of the paper:

Using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics we explore the relationship between current and early maternal occupational complexity and preadolescent children’s academic achievement in mathematics and reading. We measure white-collar occupational complexity with an index that incorporates task complexity, authority, and autonomy. Blue-collar occupational complexity is observed with a measure of task complexity with things. Controlling for differential selection into employment, we find that current maternal occupational complexity has positive associations with reading and mathematics scores for children, with stronger associations for sons. We find mixed associations between early maternal employment and children’s academic achievement, suggesting that the influence of early maternal employment on child development declines as children age.

Again, congratulations !!


Best wishes,



Dan Cornfield

Editor, Work and Occupations

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