The Fall 2019 issue of On Wisconsin magazine featured a study by La Follette School Associate Professor Yang Wang (MIPA ’03) and a colleague at Lehigh University. The study found that pregnant women who travel long distances to work face increased risks of adverse birth outcomes.
In the magazine article, Wang said the self-reinforcing mechanism is most troubling. “A woman with a long work commute is in greater need of prenatal care because of the added stress — but she’s less likely to get that care because of the time commitment of her drive,” the article said.
Wang joined the La Follette School faculty in 2016, after seven years in the Department of Economics at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, she received an Early Career Investigator Award from UW–Madison’s Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The journal Economics & Human Biology published Wang’s study Long Commutes to Work during Pregnancy and Infant Health at Birth in spring 2019.
On Wisconsin is published four times a year for alumni and friends of UW–Madison by the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), in partnership with University Communications and University Marketing. It is mailed to approximately 358,000 homes each quarter.