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Employment trajectories and ethnic diversity

Shirley Dex and Kelly Ward

in Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424761
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424761.003.0006
Employment trajectories and ethnic diversity

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This chapter considers diversity arising from the parent's varied employment hours and care combinations, which is called family economies for both couples and lone parents. It also deals with diversity linked to ethnicity and diversity linked to partnership status as these are important policy issues. It examines the detailed employment trajectories that MCS mothers followed over these five early years and their correlates with mothers' characteristics and use of childcare. It also documents mothers' working arrangements and the relationship of these to their work-life balance. It weighs all analyses that follow using a product of the original sampling weights and an allowance for attrition.

Keywords: diversity; employment hours; family economies; couples; lone parents; ethnicity; partnership status; employment trajectories; MCS mothers; work-life balance

Chapter.  8227 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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