Work-Family Programs and Non-Work Networks: Within-Group Inequality, Network Activation, and Labor Market Attachment
This research examines the effect of work-family programs in organizations on the quality of women’s work participation. The authors find that workers whose non-work networks are less likely to activate supportive resources will benefit more from organizational work-family programs. Drawing on novel data from an Indian garment factory and a quasi-experimental research design, the authors examine how a work-family program, employer-sponsored childcare, affects the daily work attendance of a socio-demographically homogenous group of working mothers. They find that women whose non-work networks are less likely to activate informal childcare support—specifically, women with daughters—benefit more from employer-sponsored childcare.