College as a work-life issue
By Dylan Matthews
Economix's Catherine Rampell posts a fascinating chart from a new Council of Economic Advisers report on work-life issues, showing just how fast the number of two-income households has grown:
Unfortunately, the report (PDF) doesn't break this down by either class or education-level, but it does provide some interesting data on which workers receive flexible work hours from their employers to help with child-rearing. Here's the chartified version:
As this shows, even most college-educated workers don't have access to flexible hours, but the increase with education level is remarkable. It's also somewhat perverse; those at lower education levels are likely to be earning less than more educated workers, and the lower availability of flexible jobs leaves them less able to provide for their children and less able to spend time with them. It's a nasty cycle, and the fact that the White House is highlighting it, and using OPM to experiment with flexible hours for government employees, is very encouraging.
Dylan Matthews is a student at Harvard and a researcher at The Washington Post.
Washington Post editor
April 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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