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How Well Do Parents With Young Children Combine Work and Family Life

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  • Christopher J. Ruhm

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This study examines trends in labor force involvement, household structure, and some activities that may complicate the efforts of parents with young children to balance work and family life. Next I consider whether employer policies mitigate or exacerbate these difficulties and, since the policies adopted in the United States diverge dramatically from those in many other industrialized countries, provide some international comparisons before speculating on possible sources and effects of the differences.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 10247.

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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:10247

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  1. Ruuskanen, Olli-Pekka, 2006. "Time Use During the Parental Leave and the Return to the Employment," Discussion Papers 1060, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  2. Wellington, Alison J., 2006. "Self-employment: the new solution for balancing family and career?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 13(3), pages 357-386, June.
  3. Pinka Chatterji & Sara Markowitz, 2008. "Family Leave after Childbirth and the Health of New Mothers," NBER Working Papers 14156, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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