Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Panel Paper: Labor Supply of Highly Educated Dual-Career Couples: An Example from Biomedical Researchers

Thursday, November 12, 2015 : 10:55 AM
Grenada (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Ana Montalvo, U.S. Census Bureau and Misty L. Heggeness, National Institutes of Health
The annual stock of highly educated women, particularly in biomedical science careers, has risen since the 1960s. This rise of women in biomedical research has resulted in an increase of scientists who are in dual-career couple[1]relationships. These families are balancing the careers of two highly accomplished individuals, sometimes with the additional factor of raising children and supporting other family members. Using the American Community Survey (ACS)’s Census occupational codes to identify biomedical researchers, we examine the labor supply and socioeconomic characteristics of highly educated dual-career couples focusing on biomedical researchers. We present our results in the paper and discuss policy implications from the employer perspective.

[1] Abele and Volmer (2011) state “Whereas dual-earner couples have been observed for a longer time, the novelty of DCCs pertains to the fact that both partners not only work full time but additionally they have highly demanding professional positions and both partners have high career aspirations (173).”