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The Role of Non-standard Work Status in Parental Caregiving for Young Children


  • Rachel Connelly

    () (Department of Economics, Bowdoin College, 9700 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA.)

  • Jean Kimmel

    (Department of Economics, Western Michigan University)


This paper uses data from the American Time Use Survey to examine the effect of the timing of parents’ daily work schedules on their caregiving time on weekdays. Since the timing of employment is a choice, the decision to work non-standard hours is modeled jointly with caregiving. We find that high-wage non-standard mothers provide more caregiving than lower-wage non-standard mothers, while caregiving time performed by standard-time working mothers is not responsive to their wages. For fathers, caregiving is shown to be strongly related to marital status, the age of his children and the presence of other adults in the household.

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  • Rachel Connelly & Jean Kimmel, 2011. "The Role of Non-standard Work Status in Parental Caregiving for Young Children," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 37(2), pages 248-269.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:easeco:v:37:y:2011:i:2:p:248-269

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    1. Melinda Morrill & Sabrina Pabilonia, 2015. "What effects do macroeconomic conditions have on the time couples with children spend together?," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 13(4), pages 791-814, December.
    2. Morrill, Melinda Sandler & Pabilonia, Sabrina Wulff, 2012. "What Effects Do Macroeconomic Conditions Have on Families' Time Together?," IZA Discussion Papers 6529, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Dockery, Alfred Michael & Li, Jianghong & Kendall, Garth, 2016. "Sole-parent work schedules and adolescent wellbeing:Evidence from Australia," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 168(C), pages 167-174.

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