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Author: Stewart, Lauren
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1. Coltrane, Scott
Miller, Elizabeth C.
DeHaan, Tracy
Stewart, Lauren
Fathers and the Flexibility Stigma
Journal of Social Issues 69,2 (June 2013): 279-302.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing, Inc. => Wiley Online
Keyword(s): Career Patterns; Earnings; Fatherhood; Modeling, Fixed Effects; Wages, Men

Women face an earnings penalty associated with motherhood but researchers have paid scant attention to how fatherhood might influence men's long-term earnings. Using multiple waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and employing ordinary least squares regression and fixed effects models we investigate what happens to men who modify their employment for family reasons. Previous research shows that men work longer hours and earn more after becoming fathers, but if men are unemployed or reduce work hours for family reasons, they could experience a “flexibility stigma” depressing earnings and limiting future career opportunities. We find strong support for the flexibility stigma hypothesis. Controlling for the effects of age, race, education, intelligence, occupation, job tenure, work hours, health limitations, marital status, and number of children, we find that men who ever quit work or are unemployed for family reasons earn significantly less than others in the future. Theoretical reasons for observed findings are discussed.
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Coltrane, Scott, Elizabeth C. Miller, Tracy DeHaan and Lauren Stewart. "Fathers and the Flexibility Stigma." Journal of Social Issues 69,2 (June 2013): 279-302.