Sari Pekkala Kerr Audio


  • Parental Leave Legislation and Women's Work: A Story of Unequal Opportunities

    kerrIn this lunchtime seminar, Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., discussed the effects of State and Federal family leave legislation on parental leave coverage and usage, with a specific focus on low-income households and other disadvantaged families.

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  • Symposium: Women and Work: Paid and Unpaid

    35th Anniversary Symposium: Reflections, Conversations, New Directions
    Laura Lein, Ph.D., Bridgid O' Farrell, Ellen Gannett, Ed.D., Sari Kerr, Ph.D.
    Moderator: Nancy Marshall, Ed.D.
    November 13, 2010

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  • Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D. : Do Temporary-Help Jobs Improve the Earnings of Unemployed Women?


    Lunchtime Seminar March 24, 2011 (46:10 min.)

    Welfare-to-work programs are based on the principle that the best way out of welfare is to be placed in a job that will eventually provide stable employment and higher earnings. Using data on Detroit’s Work First program, Sari Kerr, Ph.D. will show that the nature of the job placement (temporary-help versus direct-hire) during the program is a crucial determinant for the success of that strategy. Kerr, a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, conducted this research in collaboration with David Autor (MIT) and Susan Houseman (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research).

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