Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology
Rachael A Woldoff
Research shows that many inner city fathers work a variety of jobs to make a living for themselves and their families. While some fathers work in traditional jobs that are regulated and taxed, others generate income "off-the-books" or through illegal work called "hustles." This thesis uses data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to assess the impact of hours worked in regular jobs, off-the-books ventures, and illicit hustles on fathers' involvement with their eighteen-month old child. The regression results show that fathers who spend increasing hours hustling tend to be less involved with their children than fathers who work regular jobs and/or work off-the-books. These effects persist even after controlling for fathers' age, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, cohabitation, and relationship with their child's mother.
Cina, Michael G., "The effects of postindustrial employment configurations on father-child involvement in urban fragile families" (2005). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 4142.