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Consequences of partner incarceration for women's employment

Date Added to Library: 
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 14:30
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12412
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Bruns, Angela
Reference Type: 
Published Date: 
October 2017
Published Date (Text): 
October 2017
Publication: 
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume: 
79
Issue Number: 
5
Page Range: 
1331-1352
Year: 
2017
Language(s): 
Abstract: 

Research has documented the limited opportunities men have to earn income while in prison and the barriers to securing employment and decent wages upon release. However, little research has considered the relationship between men's incarceration and the employment of the women in their lives. Economic theory suggests that family members of incarcerated individuals may attempt to smooth income fluctuation resulting from incarceration by increasing their labor supply. This study used data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 3,780) to investigate how men's incarceration is associated with the number of hours their female partners work as well as variation in this association. Results showed that, on average, women's hours of work were not significantly impacted by the incarceration of their partners. However, there was a positive relationship between partner incarceration and employment among more advantaged groups of women (e.g., married women, White women). (Author abstract)

 

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