Time for Children: Trends in the Employment Patterns of Parents, 1967-2009

Liana Fox, Wen-Jui Han, Christopher Ruhm, Jane Waldfogel

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    Using 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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)25-49
    Number of pages25
    JournalDemography
    Volume50
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 31 2013

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    Keywords

    • Parental employment
    • Tag-team parenting
    • Time use

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    Time for Children : Trends in the Employment Patterns of Parents, 1967-2009. / Fox, Liana; Han, Wen-Jui; Ruhm, Christopher; Waldfogel, Jane.

    In: Demography, Vol. 50, No. 1, 31.01.2013, p. 25-49.

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    Fox, Liana ; Han, Wen-Jui ; Ruhm, Christopher ; Waldfogel, Jane. / Time for Children : Trends in the Employment Patterns of Parents, 1967-2009. In: Demography. 2013 ; Vol. 50, No. 1. pp. 25-49.
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