Unstable and Unpredictable Work Schedules and Child Development: Descriptive and Quasi-Experimental Evidence

What are the effects of having a parent who works a low-wage job with an unstable and unpredictable work schedule on child health and well-being? Are policies designed to reduce work schedule instability and unpredictability effective?

Daniel Schneider will collect original survey data from approximately 20,000 respondents who work at 100 large retail firms, all of whom are parents of children ages 5-18. In addition to the survey portion of the study, the second phase of the research will use a difference-in-difference design to evaluate the effectiveness of laws that regulate work scheduling practices. Schneider will receive mentorship from Ariel Kalil, Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, who will mentor him in the field of child development. Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Public Policy and Economics and Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at UC Berkeley, will mentor Schneider on causal inference and program evaluation. Both mentors will also help Schneider to effectively communicate his findings to policymakers.

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