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Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society

Volume 10, 1999

Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting

Teresa J. Rothausen, Charles M. Gray
Pages 721-732

Psychological and Economic Perspectives on Work-Family and Potential Implications for Public and Organizational Policy

The increased labor force participation rate of women has caused a shift in the social fabric of the United States and other industrialized countries. In response, there has been an explosion of work-family related research in psychology in the past several years. At the same time, economists have developed models for understanding the family and the work-family interface. Social costs of the way the work-family interface is managed in the United States have been identified in the psychological literature, but not incorporated into the economics models. This paper seeks to bridge that gap and discusses locus of responsibility for the work-family interface and policy implications thereof.

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