Productive Activities and Support Systems of Single Mothers

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Title: Productive Activities and Support Systems of Single Mothers
Author: Brinton, Mary; Hao, Lingxin

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Citation: Hao, Lingxin and Mary C. Brinton. 1997. Productive activities and support systems of single mothers. American Journal of Sociology 102, no. 5: 1305-1344.
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Abstract: Young single mothers' human capital development and labor market participation are important issues of public policy concern in the United States. This article uses a dynamic approach to model the determinants of single mothers' entry into and exit from productive activities. Using 14 waves of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the article shows that kin coresidence facilitates young single mothers' entry into productive activities but does not play a significant role in sustaining participation. Women's individual trainability, the local labor market conditions, child support, and some family background factors all play a role. The results also demonstrate the insignificance of race and never‐married versus ever‐married status.
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