BU Economics Professor Claudia Olivetti on how mothers affect their daughters’ work choices

BU Economics Professor Claudia Olivetti was recently interviewed by BU Today about her work “exploring how the work practices of a teenager’s mother and that of her friends’ mothers affects her work decisions in adulthood”.

What could companies and the government do to further support working mothers?

There are two things that are really important. One is the way jobs are organized. Company policies that are aimed at allowing more flexibility would help tremendously. We see in some occupations, like medicine, these policies are working. You have more women staying in the workforce when they have children.

More public policy could help in the provision of programs for early child care. It’s very expensive to find good quality child care when your kid is two to five years old.

If you think about our school system and the way it’s structured, it’s designed for one of the two parents being home.

See http://www.bu.edu/today/2014/like-mother-like-daughter/ for the complete article.

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Published by BU Today, 2/24/14.