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Impact of working parents on families discussed

Nov. 9, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- A look at the impact of working parents on the family over the past three decades will be the focus of a public presentation by an economist visiting Western Michigan University Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Dr. Cordelia W. Reimers, professor of economics at Hunter College and City University of New York, will discuss "Parents' Work Time and the Family: 30 Years of Change" at 3 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. Her presentation is part of the ongoing Werner Sichel Lecture Seminar Series on "The Economics of Work and Family" and is free and open to the public.

Reimers, who served as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisors, was the lead author of the council's 1999 report "Families and the Labor Market, 1969-1999: Analyzing the Time Crunch." A specialist in racial and ethnic differences in labor market outcomes and on Social Security and retirement behavior, she has studied the economic status of the elderly and minority groups, including Hispanics and African Americans. In addition to being published in numerous journals, Reimers' work was included in the 1997 book "Gender and Family Issues in the Workplace."

Reimers earned a doctoral degree from Columbia University and has been at Hunter College since 1982. Prior to joining the faculty at Hunter, she was an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University.

Reimers is the third speaker in this year's Werner Sichel Economics Lecture-Seminar Series. The annual series, now in its 37th year, is named for Dr. Werner Sichel, chairperson of the Department of Economics, who started the series and has served WMU for 40 years.

The Department of Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences co-sponsor the series with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Co-directing the series are Dr. Emily P. Hoffman, WMU professor of economics, and Dr. Jean Kimmel, senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

The next speaker scheduled for the series is Dr. Susan L. Averitt, associate professor of economics and business at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., who will address "The Economics of Fertility," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall.

For more information, contact Hoffman at (616) 387-5546 or <emily.hoffman@wmich.edu>; or Kimmel at (616) 385-0435 or <kimmel@we.upjohninst.org>. Persons also may call the Department of Economics at (616) 387-5535 for additional information.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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