Making Ends Meet in a Social Context: Grandparent Childcare during the 2008 Recession, Debt of the Poor and Financial Innovation, and Relative Poverty's Effect on Election Outcomes

TitleMaking Ends Meet in a Social Context: Grandparent Childcare during the 2008 Recession, Debt of the Poor and Financial Innovation, and Relative Poverty's Effect on Election Outcomes
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsRoberts, M
Academic DepartmentEconomics
DegreePhD
Number of Pages209
UniversityColorado State University
Thesis Typephd
ISBN Number9780438788695
Keywords0501:Economics, Childcare, Economics, Elections, Grandparent childcare, Minsky, Relative poverty, Social Sciences
Abstract

The chapters illustrate dynamics of the choices of individuals and households when facing income and time constraints in the recent United States. In the first chapter, grandparent childcare provision is studied from the supply side with a focus on the effect of the 2008 recession. Findings suggest differing effects for lower income respondents, and female respondents. In the second essay, I test a structural consumption model building on Brown (2007) and extending into recent periods using newly available data. Results suggest that Minskian effects are present in consumption in the U.S. Lastly, I test a new relative poverty measure against the more traditional form and study its relation to electoral outcomes from 2000-2016. Results suggest that state-level relative poverty decreases the likelihood of Republican victories. All of these aspects investigate the relationship between the social and the economic in the modern U.S.

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