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It Pays to Value Family: Work and Family Tradeoffs Reconsidered


  • Cappelli, P.
  • Constantine, J.
  • Chadwick, C.


We use longitudinal data to assess whether individuals who place greater importance on marriage and family pay a price for that priority in subsequent labor market success. Male respondents placing a high priority on marriage and family before entering the labor market can earn more, a finding contrary, a finding contrary to behavioral research on work and family but consistent with the economics literature. Female respondents who place a high priority on marriage and family, however, do not appear to suffer in terms of subsequent earnings, a finding contrary to most previous research. While a good family life makes demands that may take away from individuals' work achievements, poor family life may interfere more with workplace success.

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  • Cappelli, P. & Constantine, J. & Chadwick, C., 1998. "It Pays to Value Family: Work and Family Tradeoffs Reconsidered," Department of Economics Working Papers 183, Department of Economics, Williams College.
  • Handle: RePEc:wil:wileco:183

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    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General


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