Caren Arbeit’s research focuses on the long-term educational consequences of parental unemployment on children in poor and near-poor families.
“The most appealing part of the visiting student program is the opportunity to spend a quarter as part of a community focused on researching poverty and inequality.
Her research focuses on timing (child’s age) and SES (parent education and family income) prior to job loss, and examines how these factors moderate the consequences of parental unemployment on children’s educational attainment. Arbeit draws on research in sociology, economics, public policy and child development to theorize and motivate the analyses, addressing how the timing of parental unemployment in the child’s life course contributes to the intergenerational transmission of poverty.
Arbeit is completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Minnesota.