These three papers serve to document changes in work scheduling and the potential consequences thereof, particularly the consequences for childcare. The first paper sheds light on nonstandard and flexible employment and their changing prevalence over time. The second paper explores the consequences of work scheduling for low-income families with young children. The third paper looks at one specific aspect of scheduling—schedule coordination in dual-earner households with children—and examines how it is structured by socioeconomic position. The overarching goal throughout these papers is to better understand labor market inequalities and how those inequalities affect subsequent generations. This is, I argue, an important field for stratification analysis. Each paper opens up the potential for a range of policy interventions. In writing these papers I have attempted to develop a robust conceptual framework in favor of such interventions, as well as specific proposals for policymakers. (author abstract)
Limited resources, little time: Work, family, and childcare challenges facing low-income households
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