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How Does Unemployment Affect Family Arrangements for Children?

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Document date: August 28, 2014
Released online: August 28, 2014
This study analyzes whether and how the event of a job loss in families with children changes family arrangements. Comparing outcomes for children whose parents become unemployed with children whose parents do not, we find a positive relationship between a parent’s job loss and destabilizing changes in family arrangements in subsequent months for children initially living with married parents, a single mother, or a mother cohabiting with a partner. Among single mothers, these negative consequences are concentrated among those with no high school degree.


Topics/Tags: | Children and Youth | Families and Parenting | Poverty, Assets and Safety Net


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