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About Michelle Budig

Michelle Budig's research interests focus on gender, employment, labor markets, earnings, stratification, and family. Her research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, Gender & Society, and numerous other professional journals. Currently she is working on an NSF-funded project using multi-level models with cross-national data to estimate the effects of work-family reconciliation policies on the motherhood wage penalty. She is a past recipient of the World Bank/ Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families and Work.
As a scholar, Budig worked on two projects which investigated how work-family reconciliation policies affect women's family formation patterns across twenty-two countries. Governments have enacted many of these policies to slow or reverse fertility decline, but little research has directly examined the effects of policies, such as paid maternity leave, publicly subsidized day care, or leave targeted for fathers, on women's fertility. The second project investigated the growing differences in family formation patterns among social groups in the U.S. This research suggests that socioeconomic opportunity and race shape the "opportunity costs" associated with childbearing.


Present Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Reuben Hill Award, Research and Theory Section, National Council on Family Relations
  • 2009 World Bank / Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award
  • 2003 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families & Work, Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family

Contact Information

Thompson Hall
200 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA, 01003-9277
Tel: 413-545-0577
Fax: 413-545-3204


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