Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesHarvard University, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.P.P.
Williams College, B.A.
ExpertiseLabor and social policies, work and family policy, racial and ethnic equity analysis, children's health and well-being
ProfileDr. Earle’s research focuses on how labor and social policies affect the health, well-being and economic security of working families in the United States and worldwide. In particular, Dr. Earle has focused on documenting the social gradient in job quality including access to paid leave and flexibility among working parents and its impact on gender, income and race/ethnic equality and parents’ ability to support their children’s healthy development. Earle’s first book, Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth that We Can’t Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone, 2009, uses the global labor policy database she and Dr. Jody Heymann (McGill University) developed and other global economic data to assess the association between federal guarantees of a set of worker benefits and protections including paid leave and working time policies, and economic competitiveness. Dr. Earle has also led studies of the impacts of parental working conditions in families with a child with special health care needs. Her recent research includes a study of the determinants of wage loss among caregivers of children with special needs and adults with disabilities and the impact of having a child with special health care needs on the likelihood of job loss.
At ICYFP, Dr. Earle currently conducts research on inequalities in access to good jobs by race/ethnicity and immigration status for the diversitydata-kids.org project funded by The Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Earle is also conducting an equity analysis of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and developing state-level indicators of parental job quality also as part of the diversitydata-kids.org project.
Dr. Earle has provided expert testimony at Massachusetts congressional hearings on proposed paid family and medical leave and paid sick days legislation, and at U.S. congressional briefings on afterschool policy and funding. Her articles have been published in The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, The Journal of the American Public Health Association, Pediatrics, Community Work and Family, The American Educational Research Journal, and The Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association, among others. Earle received the 2006 Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis Best Article Award for her co-authored article examining the link between economic competitiveness and paid sick days policy. Dr. Earle received her M.P.P. from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.
|HSSP||110a||Integrative Seminar on Health|
|HSSP||112b||Perspectives on Child Health and Well-Being|
Awards and Honors
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis Best Article “A Comparative Analysis of Paid Leave for the Health Needs of Workers and their Families Around the World” (2006)
Heymann, J, Raub A, Earle A.. "Breastfeeding Policy: A Globally Comparative Analysis.." World Health Organization Bulletin (2013). (forthcoming)
Heymann J, Earle A, McNeill K. "THE IMPACT OF LABOR POLICIES ON THE HEALTH OF YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE CONTEXT OF ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION." Annual Review of Public Health 34. 2 (2013): 355-372.
Earle A, Heymann J. "The cost of caregiving: wage loss among caregivers of elderly and disabled adults and children with special needs." Community, Work & Family 15. 3 (2012): 357-375.
Earle A, Joshi P, Geronimo K, Acevedo-Garcia D. "Job Quality among Minority and Immigrant Working Parents." Work Family Researchers Network Inaugural Conference. New York City, NY. June 14-16, 2012.
Earle, Alison. "Paid sick days: Current research and future research priorities. Paid leave research strategy session.." Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Work-Family Strategy Council. Washington, DC. September 20, 2012.
Lahaie C, Earle A, and Heymann J. "An Uneven Burden: Social Disparities in Adult Caregiving Responsibilities, Working Conditions, and Caregiver Outcomes." Research on Aging (2012): 1-32.
Earle A and Heymann J. "Protecting the health of employed adults caring for family members with chronic or disabling conditions.." Social Science and Medicine 73. 1 (2011): 68-78.
Earle A, Mokomane Z, and Heymann J. "International Perspectives on Work-Family Policies: Lessons from the World's Most Competitive Economies." Future of Children 21. 2 (2011): 191-210.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. "Ensuring That Americans Can Succeed at Home and at Work in a Global Economy." Old Assumptions, New Realities: Economic Security for Working Families in the 21st Century. Ed. Meyers M and Plotnick R. Washington, DC: Russell Sage Fdn, 2011
Heymann, J, Raub, A, and Earle, A. "The Global Impact of Maternal Leave Policy on Infant, Child and Maternal Mortality." Public Health Reports 126. 3 (2011): 127-134.
Schliwen A, Earle A, Hayes J, and Heymann J. "The Administration and Financing of Paid Sick Leave." International Labour Review 50. 1-2 (2011): 43-62.
Acevedo-Garcia D, Jennings L, Earle A, and Rosenfeld L. "Identifying and Marketing Your Parenting-Related Skills in the Job Market." Federation for Children with Special Needs Spring Conference. Boston, MA. March 13, 2010.
Heymann J, Rho HJ, Schmitt J, and Earle A. "Ensuring a Healthy and Productive Workforce: Comparing the Generosity of Paid Sick Day and Sick Leave Policies in 22 Countries." International Journal of Health Services 40. 1 (2010): 1-22.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth that We Can’t Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone. 1 ed. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010.
Earle A. and the Afterschool Alliance. Roadmap to Afterschool for All: Examining Current Investments and Mapping Future Needs. Washington, DC The Afterschool Alliance: 2009.
Heymann SJ, Flores-Macias F, Hayes J, Kennedy M, Earle A, and Lahaie C. "The Impact of Migration on the Well-Being of Transnational Families: New Data from Sending Communities in Mexico." Community, Work and Family 12. 1 (2009): 91-103.
Heymann SJ, Barrera M, and Earle A. The Working Poor: Canada and the World. Options Politiques. Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP): 2008.
Rajaraman D, Earle A, and Heymann SJ. "Working HIV Caregivers in Botswana: Spill-over Effects on Work and Family Well-being." Community, Work and Family 11. 1 (2008): 1-17.
Earle A, Shea A, and Heymann SJ. "The Effect of Trade on Labour Conditions and Health." Trade and Health: Finding Common Ground. Ed. Blouin C, Heymann SJ, and Drager N. Montreal: McGill Queens University Press, 2007
Heymann SJ, Earle A, Rajaraman D, Miller C, and Bogen K. "Extended Family Caring for Children Orphaned by AIDS: Impacts on Child Well-Being and Economic Survival." AIDS Care Journal 19. 3 (2007): 337-345.
Heymann SJ, Earle A, and Hayes J. "Work, Family, and Equity Index: Where Does the United States Stand Globally?." Project on Global Working Families, Harvard School of Public Health and Institute for Health and Social Policy. McGill University
Earle A and Heymann SJ. "A Comparative Analysis of Paid Leave for the Health Needs of Workers and their Families Around the World." Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 8. 3 (2006): 241-257.
Earle A, Ayanian JZ, and Heymann J. "Work Resumption After Newly Diagnosed Coronary Heart Disease: Findings on the Importance of Paid Leave.." Journal of Women’s Health 15. 4 (2006).
Heymann J, Penrose K, and Earle A. "Meeting Children’s Needs: How Does the U.S. Measure Up?." Merrill Palmer Quarterly 52. 2 (2006).
Earle A, Heymann SJ, and Lavis JM. "Using Research In The Public Policy-Making Process.." Healthier Societies. Ed. Heymann SJ, Hertzman C, Barer M, Evans R. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005
Heymann SJ, Simmons S, and Earle A. "Global Transformations." Work, Family, Health and Well-being. Ed. Bianchi S. Casper L, King. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005
Heymann SJ, Earle A. and Hanchate A. "Bringing a Global Perspective to Community, Work and Family: An Examination of Extended Work Hours in Families in Four Countries." Community, Work and Family 7. 2 (2004).
Heymann SJ, Earle A., Simmons S, Breslow SM, and Kuehnhoff A. "Work, Family, and Equity Index: Where Does the United States Stand Globally?." Project on Global Working Families. Harvard School of Public Health. June 2004.
Earle A and Heymann SJ. "Work, family, and social class." How Healthy Are We? A Portrait of Midlife in the U.S.. Ed. Ryff C, Kessler R. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2003
Earle A and Heymann SJ. "What Causes Job Loss Among Former Welfare Recipients? The Role of Family Health Problems." JAMWA 57. (2002): 5-10.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. "The Impact of Parental Working Conditions on School-Age Children: The Case of Evening Work." Community, Work and Family 4. 3 (2001): 305-325.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. "Low-Income Parents: How Do Working Conditions Affect Their Opportunity To Help School-Age Children At Risk?." American Educational Research Journal 37. 2 (2000): 833-848.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. "The Impact of Welfare Reform on Parents’ Ability to Care for Their Children’s Health." American Journal of Public Health 89. 4 (1999): 502-505.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. "The Work Family Balance: What Hurdles Are Parents Leaving Welfare Likely to Face?." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 17. 2 (1998): 312-321.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. "Working Conditions Faced By Poor Families and the Care of Children." Focus 19. 1 (1997): 56-58.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. "Working Conditions: What Do Parents Leaving Welfare And Low Income Parents Face?." June 1997.
Heymann SJ and Earle A. "Family Policy for School Age Children: The Case Of Parental Evening Work." April 1996.
Heymann SJ, Earle A, and Egleston B. "Parental Availability for the Care of Sick Children.." Pediatrics 98. 2 part 1 (1996): 226-230.