“To Work More or Not to Work More: Difficult Choices, Complex Decisions for Low-wage Parents”
Employment promotion has dominated antipoverty policies in the United States over the last several decades. Increased employment, especially in low-wage jobs, has not generated economic stability for many parents and has brought to light uneasy tensions between increased earnings, less time with children, and reduced public supports that families face in moving up the economic ladder. We use data collected from 22 focus groups conducted with low and moderate-income parents from four states and the District of Columbia to explore the ways in which parents make decisions about increasing hours of employment.
Randy Albelda and Jennifer Shea. "“To Work More or Not to Work More: Difficult Choices, Complex Decisions for Low-wage Parents”" Journal of Poverty 14.3 (2010): 245-265.