The Great Recession has created a potluck of information for researchers. Results from a study conducted by University of Washington sociology graduate students Brian Serafini and Michelle Maroto suggests that the recent “mancession” could also be called a “momcession.”


Serafini and Maroto examined the differences between married moms and married dads who were laid off during the recession. Married moms not only had a longer period of unemployment due to the challenges of finding a new job, but once they were employed, they experienced a greater decrease in earnings.


Married moms, on average, faced a decrease in earnings that was $175 more per week than married dads. Annualized, this is a difference of $9,100. The two researchers have described the challenges and earnings decrease discrepancies as the “motherhood penalty” and “daddy bonus.”


“These findings hold true across different backgrounds, such as occupation, earnings, and work history,” said study co-author Serafini. “This implies that laid-off moms aren’t just taking part-time jobs or seeing being laid off as a way to opt out of the workforce and embrace motherhood instead.”


Recession: Man-cession, or Mom-cession? Gender Inequality in Reemployment Outcomes Disaggregated by Marital and Parental Status will be presented on Aug. 20 at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.


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