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Women at Work: From a Milestone to a ‘Shecession’

In January 2020, the U.S. labor market reached a milestone: Women held more paid jobs than men for only the second time in American history. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, plunging the U.S. economy into a downturn and job losses. Quickly, the pandemic-generated recession was coined a “shecession,” as more women than men lost their jobs compared to previous recessions.

IPR researchers have been tracking U.S. women’s employment over time. Now, more than two years into the pandemic, what have they learned about women’s employment trends under COVID and which polices might help keep them in the labor market?

Research News

New Book Explores How Voters Relate to Candidates’ Promises

In her book, The Importance of Campaign Promises, IPR social policy expert Tabitha Bonilla examines what campaign promises signal to voters and how voters use promises to evaluate candidates. She details that not only do voters understand the difference between a general policy stance and a specific promise to take action, but also that voters judge candidates more harshly if they do not follow through on their promises.

Migration and Family Planning

Recent research by IPR sociologist Julia Behrman and her colleagues explores whether migration affects women’s contraception. She and her colleagues find women from West and Central African countries who migrated to France came to use contraceptives in ways that are more similar to French women’s than to their former countrywomen’s. These findings shed light on aspects of migrant integration into French society, a key issue in the upcoming 2022 French presidential election.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty examines how school shootings affect elections, the connection between child behavioral problems and early adult earnings, and factors that contribute to Native American poverty.

A national survey by IPR political scientist James Druckman and his colleagues reveals that the Omicron variant does not seem to have impacted parents’ intentions to vaccinate their children. The percentage of parents with children who said they were “somewhat” or “very likely” to vaccinate them dropped slightly from 62% in November 2021 to 61% in January 2022. Those with children under 5 are the least likely to say they plan to vaccinate them.

Applications are open for the Improving Evaluations of R&D in STEM Education 2022 Summer Institute workshop led by IPR statisticians Larry V. Hedges and Elizabeth Tipton. Taking place July 11–15 in Evanston, it focuses on small studies in which large-scale experimental methods are difficult to implement. The workshop is open to faculty, researchers, and advanced doctoral students at U.S. institutions.

Faculty in the News

“Ukraine is the forefront of a bigger fight that Putin is waging against NATO. This is a fight that the West is very much in. If Putin is not slowed down here, it’s going to affect us all in ways way beyond our economy.”
Working Papers

On March 10, IPR launched a newsletter recapping new working papers by its faculty. This new series will be delivered to you once a month, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website.
IPR Working Papers

Please note that all IPR colloquia this spring will be held in person and online simultaneously. Registration is only required to attend the online talks. IPR will be following local, state, federal, and University guidelines for events. Masking is optional, but encouraged. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

April 4: “(Affective) Polarization in America”
James Druckman (IPR/Political Science)

April 11: “Structural Racism, School Disadvantage, and Adolescent Depression: Development of New Indices for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health and Beyond”
Thomas McDade (IPR/Anthropology) and Jessica Polos (IPR)

April 18: “Thinking with Data Visualizations, Fast and Slow”
Steve Franconeri (Psychology/IPR)

April 25: TBA
Shari Seidman Diamond (Law/Psychology/IPR)

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