I have always been interested in how female labor force participation impacts the economic wellbeing of families. In my PhD I studied this relationship in the context of divorced families with children in the United States. My work has contributed to several strands of research in this context, including: 1) how earnings and employment trajectories of divorced mothers evolve over the course of a divorce, 2) the role of child physical custody arrangements in earnings, economic well-being, and cost-sharing of mothers’ post-divorce households, and 3) the way mothers divide their time between employment, housework, and investments in children through several years after divorce. I have used diverse data in my work, including longitudinal and cross-sectional data coming from state administrative agencies in Wisconsin and nationally representative surveys, and applied a mixture of quantitative and qualitative techniques to answer my research questions. I am particularly interested in doing theory-driven applied research which allows me to study long-term trends in the family, with an aim to inform existing and future discussions on family and child policy.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Chanda T. (2022). Economic wellbeing and labor supply patterns of subsequently divorcing mothers in Wisconsin. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. (Read research brief here)

Mukhopadhyay, S., Chanda T. (2022). Abused but “not insulted”: Understanding intersectionality in symbolic violence. Indian Journal of Human Development, 16(1):119-138.

Heckman, S., Robb, C., & Chanda, T. (2022). Excess credits and labor market outcomes: Is there a return on additional hours of education? College Student Journal, 56(1), 12-28.

Manuscripts Under Review

Bartfeld J., Chanda T. (2022). Economic outcomes of shared placement among divorced mothers in Wisconsin.

Work in Progress

“Placement, parenting, and work: An inquiry into the relationship between children’s living arrangements and labor market outcomes of divorced mothers in WI.”

“Does divorce lead to lower maternal time investments in children? A longitudinal study using the PSID CDS.”

“Children’s living arrangements and mothers’ economic well-being post-separation: Can shared care alleviate separated mother’s economic difficulties in Finland and the United States?”, with Mari Haapanen, Quentin Riser, Anneli Miettinen, Judith Bartfeld and Mia Hakovirta.

Policy Reports

Bartfeld, J., Chanda, T., Berger, LM. (2021). Stability Of Placement Arrangements Among Divorced Wisconsin Families With Sole Mother And Shared Placement Orders. Report to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Berger, LM., Riser, QH., Bartfeld, J., Chanda, T. (2021). Satisfaction With Placement Arrangements Among Divorced Wisconsin Families With Sole Mother And Shared Placement Orders. Report to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Bartfeld, J., Chanda, T. (2020). Shared Placement and Post-Divorce Economic Well-Being. Report to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin–Madison.