Journal article

The employment consequences of growing up in a dual-parent jobless household: A comparison of Australia and the United States

I Mooi-Reci, M Wooden, M Curry

Research in Social Stratification and Mobility | Elsevier | Published : 2020


Despite the relevance of parents’ economic participation for children's future outcomes, few studies have considered the joint contribution of both parents’ joblessness in explaining children's employment outcomes in the long run. Further, previous studies have used measures of parents’ employment status observed at a single point in time. In contrast, in this study, exposure to dual-parent joblessness is measured in a cumulative fashion using longitudinal data for Australia (from the HILDA Survey, N = 895) and the United States (from the PSID, N = 1,500). We find that, in both countries, dual-parent-child associations are multiple times greater when parents jointly experience joblessness th..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper was supported by funding from the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects scheme (project # DP160101063).