Killewald on “tethered autonomy”

A new paper by Alexandra Killewald uses the term “tethered autonomy” to describe post-parenthood changes in partners’ housework hours, paid work hours, occupation traits, and wages. Killewald found that variation across American couples in work responses to parenthood is shaped primarily by variation in wives’ adjustments, while husbands’ work acts largely as a fixed point. The paper was published in Social Science Research.

Killewald explores whether motherhood penalty is necessarily larger for low-wage women

Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Alexandra Killewald, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, challenges the conclusion of Budig and Hodges (2010) that the motherhood penalty is larger for low-wage women by using an unconditional versus a conditional quantile regression model in a recently published study.