Time for Children: Trends in the Employment Patterns of Parents, 1967–2009
AbstractUsing data from the 1967–2009 years of the March Current Population Surveys (CPS), we examine two important resources for children’s well-being: time and money. We document trends in parental employment, from the perspective of children, and show what underlies these trends. We find that increases in family work hours mainly reflect movements into jobs by parents—particularly mothers, who in prior decades would have remained at home. This increase in market work has raised incomes for children in the typical two-parent family but not for those in lone-parent households. Time use data from 1975 and 2003–2008 reveal that working parents spend less time engaged in primary childcare than their counterparts without jobs but more than employed peers in previous cohorts. Analysis of 2004 work schedule data suggests that non-daytime work provides an alternative method of coordinating employment schedules for some dual-earner families. Copyright Population Association of America 2013
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- Fox, Liana & Han, Wen-Jui & Ruhm, Christopher J. & Waldfogel, Jane, 2011. "Time for Children: Trends in the Employment Patterns of Parents, 1967-2009," IZA Discussion Papers 5761, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Liana E. Fox & Wen-Jui Han & Christopher Ruhm & Jane Waldfogel, 2011. "Time for Children: Trends in the Employment Patterns of Parents, 1967-2009," NBER Working Papers 17135, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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