Work Histories and Employment Outcomes of Single Mothers. Background


Single mothers entered the work force in record numbers during the 1990s (Lerman 2005), opening up greater possibilities for attaining economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.  Most, however, earned low wages and previous research suggests that average wages decreased further for successive cohorts of low-income single mothers over this same time period (Primus 1999).  The current study builds on this previous cross-sectional research by using a unique longitudinal dataset that follows the same women over time to examine the extent to which employment and earnings among individual single mothers increased or decreased during the 1990s and into the 2000s.

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