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My research takes a social demographic approach to topics at the intersection of sociology of the family and social stratification. I am particularly interested in the relationship between family events and labor force and educational outcomes, especially as they pertain to gender inequality within families and socioeconomic inequality across families. In the first chapter of my dissertation I use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to examine changes in the division of housework in families and total time in household production during unemployment (Gough and Killewald, Forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family). In the second chapter, I reconsider the motherhood penalty as a possible consequence of birth spacing, using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 to examine how different birth timing and spacing patterns impact mothers’ lifetime labor market outcomes. The third chapter of my dissertation examines the potential mediating role of behavioral problems in the relationship between parental divorce and children’s educational outcomes, using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Child Development Supplement.
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