Employer-Supported Child Care

Blau, David

David Blau is a labor and population economist with research interests in aging and children. Blau’s aging research focuses on the dynamics of employment behavior of individuals and couples at older ages. His recent research examines links between saving and retirement decisions, trends in the timing of retirement, and the impact of labor market rigidities on employment behavior at older ages. He was the founding director of the NIA-funded Demography and Economics of Aging Research program at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina from 2000 to 2007.  Blau’s child care research has examined the impact of the cost of child care on women’s labor force participation, mode of care, and fertility. More recently he has analyzed the determinants and consequences of the quality of child care, and the impact of child care subsidies and regulations on employment and welfare participation. His book, The Child Care Problem: An Economic Analysis, was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2001. His current research on children analyzes the demographic, economic, and policy determinants of the family structure experiences of children, and the impact of family structure and parental time allocation on child outcomes.

Expertise: Older Workers/ Aging Workforce, Retirees, Child Care, Phased Retirement, and Dependent Care Tax Assistance.


Ohio State University - Department of Economics
Arps Hall, 1945 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Galinsky, Ellen

Ellen Galinsky is President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute, a Manhattan-based non-profit organization that conducts research on the changing family, changing workforce and changing community.

Ms. Galinsky is the author of over 35 books and reports, including the groundbreaking book, Ask the Children, selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best work-life books of 1999. She has published more than 100 articles in academic journals, books, and magazines.

At the Institute, Ms. Galinsky co-directs The National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally representative study of the U.S. workforce, updated every five years and originally conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in the 1977. She is also co-directs When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that has produced a series of research papers, and has launched the Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility as well as conducted The National Study of Employers, a nationally representative study that has tracked trends in employment benefits, policies, and practices since 1998. Ms. Galinsky is also directing a project for FWI on career flexibility in academia and The Supporting Work Project, a Ford Foundation project that is funding communities across the country to connect lower-wage employees to publicly funded work support through their employers. Ms. Galinsky is the program director of the annual Work Life Conference co-convened by The Conference Board and Families and Work Institute and staffs The Conference Board's Work Life Leadership Council, a group of 45 business leaders who have spearheaded work life issues in the business community since 1983. Ms. Galinsky is also directing Mind in the Making, a project on the science of early learning that includes a television science show, videos for families, and Learning Modules for Early Childhood Teachers.

A leading authority on work family issues, Ms. Galinsky was a presenter at the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005 and a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow. A popular keynote speaker, she appears regularly at national conferences, on television and in the media, including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and Oprah. Before co-founding FWI, Ms. Galinsky was on the faculty of Bank Street College of Education for 25 years, where she helped establish the field of work and family life.

Expertise: Work-Family Research, Flexibility


The Families and Work Institute
267 Fifth Ave., Floor 2
New York, NY 10016
United States

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