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Allmang's research focuses on understanding the underlying causes and consequences of inequality in access to employment. Overarching themes in Allmang's writings include (1) the mechanisms leading to unequal employment outcomes, such as occupational segregation and workplace discrimination, (2) the long-term effects of precarious employment on health and well-being, and (3) program and policy interventions to improve employment prospects for young adults. Allmang has served as a consultant and a volunteer for community organizations doing work in these areas, such as the Downtown Women's Center, Coalition for Engaged Education, and Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County. Her research is informed by her prior experience as a youth job-training practitioner. She is interested in conducting research to inform policymaking and practice, particularly related to workforce development and gender equality initiatives.
Uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to examine the relationship between changes in job quality and changes in self-rated health, depression, smoking, and heavy episodic drinking in young adults.
Evaluates current and potential legal changes on the status of street vendors in Los Angeles. Advocates for an approach that includes female vendors and increasing their opportunities.