Race and gender in families and at work - The fatherhood wage premium

Academic Article


  • This study uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to explore the intersections of gender and race on fathers' labor market outcomes. Fixed-effects models reveal that for married whites and Latinos, the birth of a child is associated with an increase in hourly wages, annual earnings, and annual time spent at work. For married Black men, the birth of a child is associated with a smaller increase in hourly wages and annual earnings but not associated with an increase in annual time spent at work. Furthermore, married Black men do not experience an increase in hourly wages or work hours because of a reduction in their wives' work hours. In contrast, married whites and Latinos earn more when their wives work less. These findings imply that gendered workplace and family experiences differ among fathers and that not all men benefit from specific family formations in exactly the same way.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • February 2008
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

  • Gender and Society  Journal
  • Keywords

  • earnings
  • family
  • fatherhood
  • gender
  • parenthood
  • race
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 8
  • End Page

  • 30
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 1