New Role, New Paycheck: The Impact on Women's Wages When Becoming a Caregiver for an Aging Parent. By: Brady, Samantha. 2024. Research on Aging. Vol. 46 Issue 3/4, p197-209.

Objectives: While prior research demonstrates the negative impacts of adult caregiving on women’s employment, less research examines how women’s employment changes when beginning a new caregiving role. Methods: Using data from eight waves of the Health and Retirement Study (2004–2018), I examine changes in women’s employment when first transitioning into parentalcaregiving between the ages of 50–60, by analyzing changes in labor force participation, work hours, and hourly wages. Results: The transition into parental caregiving was not associated with women exiting the workforce or decreasing their work hours. However, caregivers did experience a decrease in inflation-adjusted hourly wages compared to non-caregivers, with the greatest wage penalties associated with high-intensity caregiving situations. Conclusion: Results demonstrate how parental caregiving may act as a shock towomen’s financial health at a critical career stage. This study highlights the less visible, but detrimental, financial consequences women experience when taking on a family caregiving role.