ERIC Number: EJ897345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Changes in Wives' Employment when Husbands Stop Working: A Recession-Prosperity Comparison
Mattingly, Marybeth J.; Smith, Kristin E.
Family Relations, v59 n4 p343-357 Oct 2010
American families are experiencing the effects of the "Great Recession." Most of the job losses are accruing to men, so families may find it strategic for wives to enter the labor force, or increase their work hours. We consider this possibility using the May 2008 and 2009 Current Population Survey, and compare findings to May 2004 and 2005 data, a time of relative prosperity. We find that wives of husbands who stopped working during the recession were more likely to increase work hours, and more likely to commence or seek work. During the Great Recession years, the effect for wives entering the labor force is significantly greater than during the earlier years of relative prosperity.
Descriptors: Spouses, Labor, Labor Force, Employment, Employment Problems, Job Layoff, Dislocated Workers, Employment Patterns, Unemployment, Economic Factors, Economic Climate, Heads of Households, Family (Sociological Unit)
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