Alison Earle

Senior Research Scientist

Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

NLS user since 1992

  • Earle A and Heymann SJ. What Causes Job Loss Among Former Welfare Recipients? The Role of Family Health Problems. JAMWA. 2002; 57:5-10.
  • Heymann SJ and Earle A. The Impact of Parental Working Conditions on School-Age Children: The Case of Evening Work. Community, Work and Family. 2001; 4(3): 305-325.
  • Heymann SJ and Earle A. Low-Income Parents: How Do Working Conditions Affect Their Opportunity To Help School-Age Children At Risk? American Educational Research Journal. 2000; 37(2):833-848.
  • Heymann SJ and Earle A. The Impact of Welfare Reform on Parents’ Ability to Care for Their Children’s Health. American Journal of Public Health. 1999; 89(4):502-505.
  • Heymann SJ and Earle A. The Work Family Balance: What Hurdles Are Parents Leaving Welfare Likely to Face? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 1998;17(2):312-321.
  • Heymann SJ, Earle A, and Egleston B. Parental Availability for the Care of Sick Children. Pediatrics. 1996; 98(2 part 1):226-230.
What I learned from NLS data

My colleague, Jody Heymann, and I learned about the importance of parental availability -- not just mother's availability but father's as well - to school-age children's access to educationally-supportive resources and to children's education outcomes. We learned that having a health condition has a significant impact on the ability of low-income mothers' ability to maintain a job after leaving welfare.

Why I chose NLS data

The longitudinal nature of the NLS is essential to being able to assess causal effects, and was essential for my dissertation and then articles examining the effect of family events on employment using the work history file. Having detailed work conditions - again over time - was not available any where else, nor was there a data set with incredibly detailed child outcomes that also had parental employment characteristics. My research would not have been possible without the NLSY79.