Incarcerated Mothers’ Labor Market Outcomes

Haeil Jung, Robert J. LaLonde

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This study investigates how motherhood and foster care records of their children influence women’s transitions into the labor market after incarceration. Our fixed effects models examine the relative progress of incarcerated mothers in earnings and employment after incarceration, accounting for the difference between mothers and women without children and controlling for time-constant individual characteristics. Our analysis indicates that incarcerated mothers make impressive progress in quarterly employment during the second and third year after incarceration. Most of these increases are from mothers whose children started, but did not resolve, foster care before incarceration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-51
Number of pages25
JournalPrison Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research has been supported by the Chicago Community Trust, the National Institute of Justice, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and by Grant 02-DB-BX-0017, awarded to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, © 2016 SAGE Publications.


  • employment
  • foster care
  • motherhood
  • reentry earnings
  • women inmates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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