The Effects of Parents' Employment on Children's Lives

John Ermisch and Marco Francesconi

The Effects of Parents' Employment on Children's Lives
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John Ermisch and Marco Francesconi

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

48 pages | © 2001
Paper $25.95 ISBN: 9781901455601 Published March 2001 For sale in North and South America only
Parents play an important role in shaping the adult lives of their children. The way they use their time and money while children are growing up can have long-lasting consequences. In particular, the paid work done by fathers and mothers affects both the amount of income coming into the family and the time they have available to spend with their children.This report examines the links between parents' employment patterns while their children were growing up and what happens in those children's lives when they become young adults. This study focuses on a number of outcomes, notably: educational attainment; employment and economic inactivity; mental health; and for women, childbearing at an early age. Some of its findings carry important implications for public policy and for further research. A number are likely to prove controversial, arousing public debate concerning their meaning and contemporary relevance.
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About the authors

1. Introduction
2. The research design
3. The sample: young people and their families
4. The effects of parents' employment
5. Other influences
6. Conclusions

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