The Vanishing male worker; why some women opt out


Guests: Binyamin Appelbaum, Judith Levine, Jerry Jacobs

In a recent New York Times online article, reporter BINYAMIN APPELBAUM wrote, “The share of prime-age men — those 25 to 54 years old — who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, to 16 percent.” Many men, deciding that low-wage work will not improve their lives, have chosen not to work.” In this hour of Radio Times, Appelbaum talks with Marty about what this trend means, not only to the men and their families, but for the nation as a whole. Then, we turn to women in the workforce and explore why more women are opting to leave their jobs to stay at home with their children. Our guests are JERRY JACOBS, professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and JUDITH LEVINE, associate professor of sociology at Temple University.

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