Event Date and Time
1101 Morrill Hall
Maryland Population Research Center
Sarah Burgard, University of Michigan

About the Presentation

Considerable research suggests that variation in working conditions is a driver of health disparities, that combining paid work with unpaid family care can be stressful, and that the policies in place to protect workers and support families are important to understanding population health implications of work and family lives. We explore sequences of paid work and household responsibilities, volatility in these trajectories across adulthood, and their intersection with widely varying policy arrangements across countries in the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) studies, to better understand how they are associated with health in late life. Our analysis also considers the gendered aspects of working lives that influence health inequalities in later life.

About the Speaker

Dr. Burgard is a sociologist, demographer and epidemiologist with substantive expertise in the social stratification of aging and health, and has published on the social factors underlying health disparities by socioeconomic status, gender, and race/ethnicity across the life course. She has focused particularly on the links between employment and health, and the ways employment and other social roles like parenting constrain and enable women and men in their pursuit of financial and career security and health. She has been PI of the Americans' Changing Lives Study that has tracked a representative sample of American adults since 1986, and of the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study, a panel survey of adults in Southeast Michigan in the wake of the Great Recession of 2007-2009.