Daniel Schneider

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN, California SSN
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About Daniel

Schneider’s research examines how economic inequality and precarious employment affect marriage, health, and child wellbeing.  He is particularly interested in work scheduling practices in the retail sector and is co-leading a large survey collecting data on these practices and an evaluation of city law to regulate these practices in Seattle that is funded by the City of Seattle and the Department of Labor. Schneider’s prior research focused on economic influences on family formation, including on how labor union membership and wealth affect marriage as well as the effects of the Great Recession on families. After receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Berkeley.


In the News

"For Job Quality, Time is More than Money," Daniel Schneider (with Kristen Harknett), The Hill, February 1, 2019.
Daniel Schneider's research on Sarah Holder, "Living Paycheck to Paycheck, and Hour to Hour," CityLab, June 11, 2018.
Daniel Schneider quoted by Amy Scott and Eliza Mills, "Can Baltimore's New Funding Approach Solve the "Education Debt"?" Marketplace, January 26, 2018.


"Intimate Partner Violence in the Great Recession" (with Kristen Harknett and Sara McLanahan). Demography 53, no. 2 (2017): 471-505.

Demonstrates that the uncertainty and anticipatory anxiety that go along with sudden macroeconomic downturns have negative effects on relationship quality, above and beyond the effects of job loss and material hardship.

"Instability of Work and Care: How Work Schedules Shape Child-Care Arrangements for Parents Working in the Service Sector" (with Kristen Harknett, Dani Carillo, Allison Logan, and Sigrid Luhr). Social Science Review 91, no. 3 (2017).

Shows how unstable and unpredictable work schedules in retail lead to similar  instability in the childcare arrangements used by parents working in the retail sector.

"Income Volatility in the Service Sector: Contours, Causes, and Consequences" (with Kristen Harknett). Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (2017).

Draws on original survey data from retail workers to show how schedule instability and unpredictability precipitates income and earnings volatility and how that volatility leads to household economic insecurity.

"The Surprising Decline in the Non-Marital Fertility Rate: Description and Preliminary Explanation" (with Alison Gemmill). Population and Development Review 42, no. 4 (2016): 627-649.

Documents a marked decline in non-marital fertility rates since 2008 in the United States. Shows that the decline is partially attributable to adoption of more effective contraceptive technology (long acting reversible contraceptives) and partially due to the Great Recession.

"Socio-Economic Variation in the Demographic Response to Economic Shocks: Evidence from the Great Recession" Demography 52, no. 6 (2015): 1893-1915.

Shows that non-marital fertility was negatively affected by the economic shocks of the Great Recession and that this decline was as large as the decline in marriage entry for low-SES women.