Percheski’s research focuses on American families and the ways family life is changing, including recent increases in unmarried parenthood and the rise of new employment patterns among mothers and fathers. Much of her work considers how changes in family life affect poverty, income inequality, and access to health insurance for children and adults. She asks how public policies should adapt to changes in American families.
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Focuses on variations in pregnancy and infertility by partnership and marital status. Finds that worse economic conditions were predictive of a lower risk of unplanned pregnancy.
Examines how maternal employment varies across family structures (married parents, cohabiting unmarried parents, and lone unmarried mothers) in the five years after a birth for mothers living in urban areas in the United States. Finds that cohabiting mothers return to work earlier and work more than married mothers and that cohabiting mothers and lone mothers show very similar unemployment patterns. Speculates that cohabiting mothers work more than married mothers as a hedge against economic deprivation given high union dissolution rates for cohabiting couples.
Investigates family structure differences in family-level insurance coverage of households with children.
Proposes that children in immigrant families would likely benefit considerably from expansions of public health insurance eligibility to cover all children, including children without citizenship.