Nonstandard Work Schedules and the Well-Being of Low-Income Families
Most employment research focuses on the quantity of work, such as whether or not people are employed, the number of hours they work, and barriers to work. Which hours of the day employees must work has received less attention. This paper examines nonstandard work schedules within the confines of low-wage work and the challenges working nonstandard hours places on low-income families. It presents descriptive data about the industries and occupations where this work is concentrated, estimates a multivariate model of the factors that foster nonstandard work schedules, and discusses the consequences of the limited time that low-wage workers spend with their families. The evidence in this study contributes to policy discussions and scholarly research.