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additional establishments that were not in the 2013 survey (representing an 8% completion rate;
121 from Rhode Island, and 111 from Massachusetts and Connecticut). (See Appendix 1 for
Our survey covered four major domains: characteristics of firms and their reports of productivity
and related metrics; employee life events and work flow; company benefits and policies; and, for
Rhode Island firms in the follow-up survey, views toward TCI (see Appendix 2 for details).
Unless otherwise noted, our analyses focus on the panel of firms present at both baseline and
follow-up (N=237; 102 in Rhode Island and 130 in Massachusetts and Connecticut; sample size
for specific questions is lower, ranging from 202 to 232, due to item non-response). We looked at
changes over time for employers in Rhode Island, as compared to employers in the other states.
Overall, as detailed below, we found few significant effects of TCI on employers in Rhode
Characteristics of firms and reported productivity and related metrics
Our sample included small and medium-sized firms. In Rhode Island, one third of the sample
had 10 to 19 employees, about 45% had 20 to 49 employees, and 22% had 50 to 99 employees.
Overall, two-thirds of the firms were from the manufacturing sector, with the remaining one-
third from food services (and these distributions did not vary substantially by firm size). The
distributions in the two control states were similar, and there were no significant changes over
time (or differences across states in changes) in firm characteristics.
We did not find any significant changes over time (or differences across states in changes) in
employers' reports about productivity or related metrics such as their perceptions of employee
morale, cooperation, or attendance, although we note that our relatively small sample sizes limit
the statistical power to detect such differences.
Employee life events and work flow
Very few respondents were able to tell us about the last female employee at their firm who had a
child and how that event was handled. Among those who did (a total of 56 in Rhode Island, and
71 in the other two states), we did not find significant changes over time (or differences across
states in changes).
Company benefits and policies
Overall, we did not find significant differences in company benefits and policies comparing the
change over time among Rhode Island employers with the change among employers in the other
Views toward TCI
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Bartel, Ann; Rossin-Slater, Maya; Ruhm, Christopher & Waldfogel, Jane. Assessing Rhode Islands Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act: Insights from a Survey of Employers', text, January 2016; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc955714/m1/4/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.