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How Well Do Parents With Young Children Combine Work and Family Life

Christopher J. Ruhm

NBER Working Paper No. 10247
Issued in January 2004
NBER Program(s):   CH

This study examines trends in labor force involvement, household structure, and some activities that may complicate the efforts of parents with young children to balance work and family life. Next I consider whether employer policies mitigate or exacerbate these difficulties and, since the policies adopted in the United States diverge dramatically from those in many other industrialized countries, provide some international comparisons before speculating on possible sources and effects of the differences.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w10247

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