, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 99-112

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Work shifts of full-time dual-earner couples: Patterns and contrasts by sex of spouse

  • Harriet B. PresserAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, University of Maryland

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Work shifts of full-time dual-earner couples are analyzed with data from the May 1980 U.S. Current Population Survey. Over 20 percent of husbands and about 12 percent of wives work other than a regular day shift. Variations in shift work status by sex of spouse are examined according to job, race, and life-cycle characteristics. A multivariate analysis indicates that a different composite offactors affects the shift work status of husbands and wives. Given the wide variation in the prevalence of non-day employment within major groups and the sex segregation of the labor force, we look at detailed occupations and industries to the extent possible.