Embracing the "two-body problem": The case of partnered academics

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Fisher, C.D. (2015). Embracing the "two-body problem": The case of partnered academics. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 8(1), 13-18.

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Extract: The focal article has given examples of children, other relatives, and friends as potential beneficiaries of preferential treatment and has discussed the counterbalancing likelihood of organizational gain from(properly) employing individuals who already share social connections. Surprisingly, there is minimal mention of spouses or domestic partners. From the 1970s through the 1990s, a number of articles were published on the legal and practical issues of applying antinepotism policies to spouses, but since 2000, the literature has been almost entirely silent. This is surprising given that, in 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 47.4% of U.S. families involve husbands and wives who both work. There is one major exception to the dearth of public discussion on nepotistic or other issues surrounding the employment of spouses or domestic partners in the same organization. That is the case of partnered academics, in which a very substantial interest has developed over the past decade.

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