Aruna Ranganathan

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Date & Time
January 18, 2018 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way Serra House
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Research Fellows Lunch with Aruna Ranganathan


Aruna Ranganathan: "Organizations as Equalizers? Employer-Provided Childcare, the Labor Supply of Working Mothers, and the Limits of Family-Based Networks" (joint work with David Pedulla)

In this article, we ask whether work-family policies can improve the labor supply of disadvantaged women. Using data from an Indian garment factory, we find that there is a strong, positive effect of employer-provided childcare on women’s daily attendance at work. Additionally, we find that the positive effects of employer-provided childcare are concentrated among women whose family-based networks may be less likely to provide informal childcare support, indicating that organizational policies can level the playing field and promote equality for these women. Together, these findings hold theoretical insights for understanding the role of organizational policies in reducing social inequality, while providing novel evidence about an intervention that can bolster economic security and reduce poverty in the Global South by improving women’s employment outcomes.

Aruna Ranganathan is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the GSB.


  • Aruna Ranganathan
    • Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
    • Faculty Research Fellow, 2017-18
    Aruna Ranganathan studies questions of work and employment in the context of economic development. By applying novel methods that combine field-experimental and quantitative research designs with ethnography and interviews, Aruna's research investigates how low-income occupations in developing countries are governed, organized, seek meaning through their work and navigate the market. Through her research, Aruna strives...