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Meyers, Marcia

Works: 29 works in 73 publications in 1 language and 2,348 library holdings
Genres: Cross-cultural studies  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Marcia Meyers
Families that work : policies for reconciling parenthood and employment by Janet C Gornick( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In many countries in Europe and in Canada, family leave policies grant parents paid time off to care for their young children, and labor market regulations go a long way toward ensuring that work does not overwhelm family obligations. In addition, early childhood education and care programs guarantee access to high-quality care for their children. In most of these countries, policies encourage gender equality by strengthening mothers' ties to employment and encouraging fathers to spend more time caregiving at home." "In sharp contrast, Gornick and Meyers show how in the United States - an economy with high labor force participation among both fathers and mothers - parents are left to craft private solutions to the society-wide dilemma of "who will care for the children?" Parents - overwhelmingly mothers - must loosen their ties to the workplace to care for their children; workers are forced to negotiate with their employers, often unsuccessfully, for family leave and reduced work schedules; and parents must purchase care of dubious quality, at high prices, from consumer markets. By leaving child care solutions up to hard-pressed working parents, these private solutions exact a high price in terms of gender inequality in the workplace and at home, family stress and economic insecurity, and - not least - child well-being. Gornick and Meyers show that it is possible - based on the experiences of other countries - to enhance child well-being and to increase gender equality by promoting more extensive and egalitarian family leave, work-time, and child care policies."--Jacket
Gender equality : transforming family divisions of labor by Janet C Gornick( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Gender Inequality' explores class disparity, who should care for infants, and fatherhood in a dual-earner family
Preventing child abuse : a resource for policymakers and advocates( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

GAIN family life & child care study : final report by Berkeley University of California( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This longitudinal study examined the California Greater Avenues for Independence (gain) program, which mandated that recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (afdc) work, prepare for work, or attend school after their youngest child reached 6 years of age. Interviews with 255 single afdc mothers with one or more children under the age of 13 were conducted. Data were collected before individuals began participation in gain, and 3 and 12 months after they started a gain activity. Questions focused on: (1) what participants expected and achieved from the program in educational and employment outcomes; (2) how they managed the dual roles of parent and provider; (3) what child care they sought for their children; (4) how adequate they judged their child care to be; and (5) how family conflicts and child care affected their work and educational behavior. Findings suggested that the capacity of the gain program to force welfare recipients to work or prepare for work was limited, and that even among those recipients who were motivated to improve their prospects for economic independence, the transition from welfare to work was not rapid. Results also showed that the Family Support Act, part of the afdc reform act, did not address the fundamental problem of providing high-quality child care at affordable prices, a problem which was frequently cited by gain participants. An appendix describes the study methodology. A separately published "executive summary" has been appended. (Mm)
The dynamics of child care subsidy use : a collaborative study of five states by Marcia Meyers( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of four being published on a five-state project on the dynamics of child care subsidy use, this report provides a detailed look at families receiving child care subsidies in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Texas, and the factors associated with length of subsidy receipt and provider stability. Data were collected and analyzed by a team of policy and methodology experts brought together through the Child Care Policy Research Consortium. State policy data were collected through document reviews and interviews with key informants. Micro-data were obtained from state child care subsidy administrative systems. Payment record files were also obtained for services during 24 calendar months in each state. Among the major findings is that the exercise of policy discretion at the state level has produced very different child care subsidy programs. The populations served in the various subsidy systems differed by income, the proportion of subsidized families that were employed, and the proportion mixing work and welfare. States also varied in the types of services provided to subsidized families and children. The length of children's subsidy receipt was short in all states. Within states, the length of subsidy receipt varied with some family characteristics, and there was considerable reentry into the subsidy system. Most children with short periods of subsidy receipt had a consistent provider. Subsidy receipt periods were influenced by the interactions of child care subsidy, tanf, and regulatory policies rather than by any single child care policy. The report concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for research and policy. Two appendices provide information on the data, measures, and analytic approaches and on additional state child care subsidy policies. (Contains 33 endnotes.) (Kb)
Supporting the employment of mothers : policy variation across fourteen welfare states by Janet C Gornick( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public policies and the employment of mothers : a cross-national study by Janet C Gornick( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Work and care : reconciling parenthood and employment by Janet C Gornick( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Work, welfare, and the burden of disability : caring for special needs of children in poor families by Marcia Meyers( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gaining cooperation at the front lines of service delivery : issues for the implementation of welfare reform by Marcia Meyers( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York City social indicators, 1997 : a tale of many cities by Irwin Garfinkel( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Old assumptions, new realities : economic security for working families in the 21st century by Robert D Plotnick( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The way Americans live and work has changed significantly since the creation of the Social Security Administration in 1935, but U.S. social welfare policy has failed to keep up with these changes. Old Assumptions, New Realities focuses on policy solutions for today's workers, particularly low-skilled workers and low-income families.--[book jacket]
Building the dual earner/dual career society : policy developments in Europe by Janet C Gornick( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York City Social Indicators Survey, 1999: Pulling Ahead, Falling Behind by Marcia Meyers( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New York City Social Indicators Survey examines New York City's social climate, surveying a representative sample of families regarding their perceptions of life in the city and indicators of their quality of life and experiences of hardship. The 1999 survey examined the period between 1997-1999, a time of strong economic performance and substantial change in welfare, health care, and other public policies. During this period, life improved on many dimensions. More families had some financial assets and at least moderate affluence, more considered their neighborhoods good and safe, fewer were crime victims, and more were satisfied with life in the city and city services. The diversity of the residents of New York City continued to increase, with the foreign-born population growing by 12 percent. There was little improvement on indicators of distress and disadvantage. Disparities between the "haves" and "have nots" remained wide. Families who were poor, headed by an immigrant, or with children continued to lag their more advantaged counterparts. The gap between rich and poor narrowed on certain dimensions (E.G., crime and neighborhood satisfaction) but grew on indicators of wealth, financial hardship, and satisfaction with the city. The economic situation of the poorest New Yorkers did not greatly improve between 1997 and 1999. The proportion of families at or below 150 percent of the poverty line remained the same, and more families reported hunger and difficulty in paying their utilities. The gap between immigrants and non-immigrants and between families with and without children grew on most social indicators. Data tables and methodology are appended. (Sm)
Working but Poor: How are Families Faring? Revised by Marcia Meyers( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This study used data from a cross sectional sample of families with children in New York City to describe the characteristics and well-being of working poor families and to compare them to nonworking poor and nonpoor families. Data were obtained through 20- to 30-minute telephone surveys conducted in 1997 as part of the New York Social Indicators Survey with a random sample of 2,224 households in New York City and the surrounding Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. The findings indicated that while working poor families were doing somewhat better than nonworking poor families, they continued to experience substantial levels of material hardship. Working poor families were also much less likely than nonworking poor families to receive food, housing, or health insurance assistance from the government. As welfare reform transforms the "welfare poor" into the "working poor," families may find themselves only marginally better off in terms of financial security and material well-being. Based on findings, it was concluded that policies to raise the floor under earnings and to increase the availability of other assistance could provide critical support for families who go to work but do not earn enough to escape poverty. (Contains 30 references.) (Kb)
Separate and unequal : the dimensions and consequences of safety net decentralization in the U.S. 1994-2014 by Sarah K Bruch( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In this paper, we examine the dimensions and consequences of decentralized social safety net policies. We consider the adequacy of benefits and inclusiveness of receipt for eleven federal-state programs that constitute the core of safety net provision for working age adults and families: cash assistance, food assistance, health insurance, child support, child care, preschool/early education, unemployment insurance, state income taxes, cash assistance work assistance, disability assistance, and housing assistance. In the first part of the paper we examine the extent of cross-state inequality in social provision. We find substantial variation across states; variation that is consistent with policy design differences in state discretion; and at levels equal to or greater than variation across the European countries that have been recognized as having different welfare regimes. In the second section, we turn to an analysis of change over time (1994 to 2014) examining four dimensions of convergence: degree, location of change, direction of change, and scope. We find both decreases (retrenchment) and increases (expansions) of provision, a handful of cases of convergence (decreasing inequality) and divergence (increasing inequality), and a great deal of synchronous change and persistence in the magnitude of crossstate inequalities
Social policy contexts, family well-being, and gender equality from a comparative perspective by Ji Young Kang( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

My dissertation focuses on the question of how family policies and market institutions matter to individual life chances and outcomes, in particular poverty and gender equality. Among a set of multiple and heterogeneous policies (Thévenon, 2011) that affect families and child well-being, I highlight policies promoting female employment, gender equality, and work and life reconciliation (Gornick & Meyers, 2008; Lewis, 2006). From institutional and comparative perspectives, three different but related papers address the questions of (1) whether and to what extent United States paid maternity leave reduces use of public assistance programs for low-income mothers; (2) how family policies and market economies influence the gender employment gap from the comparative welfare state perspective; and (3) how market structures mediate the effect of childcare and leave programs on the gender wage gap across Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. The findings reported in Paper 1 show a causal inference of policy effect in which state paid maternity leave reduces TANF use for low-income mothers, suggesting that paid maternity leave provides an economic means of support during time off around child birth. This study further finds that the reduction in TANF use varies across states due to differences in paid maternity leave program rules such as those governing the relative generosity or restrictiveness of eligibility criteria. The findings contribute to the identification of the differential impacts of paid maternity leave program rules on TANF participation around childbirth. The findings in Paper 2 show that work and publically supported childcare and leave entitlements are associated with smaller gaps in employment participation between male and female. In addition, the types of market institutions matter. The coordinated market economies with higher specific skill profiles are associated with smaller gender gaps in employment participation. The finding of the importance of market institutions to understand female employment has a significant implication because little is known about the role of market economies in shaping female employment, whereas the role of family policy on female employment is well established. The findings in Paper 3 show that the extent to which family policy affects the gender wage gap hinges on different market and welfare regimes, i.e., how each country organize its market coordination and welfare institutions. This study pushes the current literature forward from a question of how family policy matters to a question of "what kinds of" family policy matters in "which" market economies. My analysis suggests that it may be useful to introduce the varieties-of-capitalism theory to help understand the puzzle of why family policy produces a higher gender-wage gap in certain systems of advanced capitalism
Cross-National Variation in Ecec Service Organization and Financing by Marcia Meyers( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Asserting that U.S. policy makers have much to gain from studying child care financing and delivery approaches in other economically-developed countries, this paper summarizes aspects of the organization and financing of early childhood education and care (ecec) services across 14 industrialized countries as of the mid-1990s. The first section describes the paper's selection of countries, the time frame, the data sources, and the organizing framework for cross-country comparisons. The next sections analyze cross-national variation in the direct provision of ecec services and the organization of other forms of public financing, then turn to comparisons of national ecec expenditures and enrollments. The paper concludes by considering the implications of alternative approaches to service organization and financing for expansion of ecec in the United States. (Contains 37 references.) (Ev)
Public policies and the employment of mothers : a cross-national study by Janet C Gornick( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

New research on the transition from welfare to work( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Families that work : policies for reconciling parenthood and employment
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Gender equality : transforming family divisions of laborWork and care : reconciling parenthood and employment