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Author: Lei, Lei
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1. Lei, Lei
Mai, Quan D
Precarious Transitions: How Precarious Employment Shapes Parental Coresidence among Young Adults
Social Forces published online (18 April 2024): soae050.
Also: https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/soae050
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Keyword(s): Coresidence; Economic Independence; Economic Insecurity; Economic Precarity; Employment; Employment, Intermittent/Precarious; Residence; Residence, Return to Parental Home/Delayed Homeleaving; Unemployment; Young Adults

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The rise of precarious work generates important questions about how this mode of employment might affect young workers’ transition to adulthood, particularly their decision to live independently. Existing demographic literature has considered the impact of unemployment on parental coresidence but overlooked the potential influence of precarious employment. Yet, features of precarious employment might matter for young adults’ residential arrangements. Our paper provides a theoretical framework linking precarious work to parental coresidence. Specifically, we outline three mechanisms that underlie this relationship: low pay, meager benefits, and short job tenure. Using longitudinal data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth from 2005 to 2017, we provide empirical support for our model. We found that precariously employed young adults are more likely than their peers in standard jobs to live with their parents. About a third of this effect can be accounted for by the three theorized mechanisms. Our research contributes to the growing literature demonstrating the impact of economic insecurity on the workplace and family, the two essential arenas of social life.
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Lei, Lei and Quan D Mai. "Precarious Transitions: How Precarious Employment Shapes Parental Coresidence among Young Adults." Social Forces published online (18 April 2024): soae050.