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Symposium on family policy in the United States and Canada

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Symposium sponsored by the Center for Research on Families and the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Publication Date: 
22 Jun 2002

The Center for Research on Families and the Canadian Studies Center, University of Washington featured an interdisciplinary symposium on government policies affecting the behavior and well-being of families.

Despite strong economic and cultural similarities, public supports for families and for working parents are strikingly different in Canada and the United States. The symposium featured invited presentations and discussions of the determinants and effects of policies such as parental leave and tax treatment of families.

Papers presented include:

- Family policies in industrialized countries: Is there convergence?
by Anne Gauthier, Sociology, University of Calgary

- Family leave policy and gender equality: Lesson from abroad
by Janet Gornick, Political Science, Baruch College, CUNY & Marcia Meyers, Social Work, University of Washington

- Limits to specialization: Family policy and economic efficiency
by Shelly Lundberg, Economics, University of Washington