Publications

Solving the Nursing Shortage through Higher Wages

Every year, our hospitals need more registered nurses. Between 2004 and 2014, more than 1.2 million nursing positions will become open, either to meet the growing demand for medical care or to replace nurses who retire or leave the field. Hospital administrators are voicing concerns about a nurse shortage—some are even declaring a crisis in…

The Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act

I am Dr. Vicky Lovell, Director of Employment and Work/Life Programs at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). I hold a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Portland State University and have been employed at the Institute for eight years. In that time, I have written or co-authored several research reports on Unemployment…

Valuing Good Health in Illinois

Policymakers across the country are increasingly interested in ensuring the adequacy of paid sick days policies. In addition to concerns about workers’ ability to respond to their own health needs, there is growing recognition that, with so many dual-earner and single-parent families, family members’ health needs can be addressed only by workers taking time from…

Testimony on Health and Family Care Leave for Federal Workers before the Joint Economic Committee and the House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia

Short-Term Disability Insurance (SDI) follows the standard logic of other kinds of insurance programs, such as health or life insurance, workers’ compensation, or unemployment insurance: They pool individuals in order to spread the cost of a given individual’s experience with an underlying risk among a large group, protecting each individual against the potentially devastating cost…

Women at Greater Risk of Economic Insecurity: A Gender Analysis of the Rockefeller Foundation’s American Worker Survey

In February 2007, at the request of the Rockefeller Foundation, the consulting firm Yankelovich fielded a survey to explore Americans’ sense of economic insecurity. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research analyzed the survey data to explore impacts based on gender, racial and ethnic identity, education, employment status, and other important demographic characteristics. This report highlights…