Upjohn Institute Press

Pages: 157
Year Published: 
2010
$40.00 cloth
ISBN: 978-0-88099-358-6
$18.00 paper
ISBN: 978-0-88099-356-2

Mothers' Work and Children's Lives: Low-Income Families after Welfare Reform

Rucker C. Johnson, Ariel Kalil, and Rachel E. Dunifon

A "Noteworthy Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics, 2010" – Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University

Johnson, Kalil, and Dunifon focus on this tenuous work-family balance, or lack thereof, and its effects on children. What they discover is that work per se is not detrimental for single-mother families. In fact, it brings stability, routine, and a sense of pride to working women and their families. However, they also find that the nature of the work— the type of work, number of hours worked, and the flexibility of the job—is a key factor in maintaining an acceptable balance and in promoting positive outcomes for their children.

Overall, this book sheds light on whether one of TANF's original goals—putting low-income mothers on a path to economic growth—is being met.

"[This] study makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of low-wage work." –Journal of Economic Literature

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