Kristin Smith's research focuses on gender inequality, earnings and employment, and work and family policy. She has researched labor force issues, including gender differences in job tenure and shifting determinants of women's labor supply and the consequences of those shifts. In addition, Smith has studied occupational variation in earnings, job retention and job flexibility, with a focus on care workers and STEM workers. Smith also studies family policy, including paid family and medical leave, examining inequity in access and impacts on labor supply decisions. Smith's expertise lies in examining trends in how work and family life interconnect, developing workforce policy recommendations, and applying a gender lens to her analysis. She has a broad background in demography and sociology, has extensive experience in survey design and implementation, and is proficient at quantitative data analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data.
Folbre, N., L. Gautham, and K. Smith. 2023. "Appendix 3. The relative earnings of human
services workers in Washington state, King County, and Seattle: A market analysis." In the Wage
Equity Study, Wage Equity for Non-profit Human Services Workers: A study of work and pay in
Seattle and King County." Seattle, WA: University of Washington.
Folbre, N., L. Gautham, and K. Smith. 2023. "Gender Inequality, Bargaining, and Pay in Care
Services in the U.S." ILR Review. 76(1):86-111, published online 25 Apr 2022
Duffy, M., R. Baughman, and K. Smith. 2021. "Employment Transitions and Occupational
Mobility: Is Care Work Different?" Feminist Economics. 27:4, 62-89, DOI:
Baughman, R., B. Stanley, and K. Smith. 2020. "Second Job Holding Among Direct Care Workers
and Nurses: Implications for COVID Transmission in Long-Term Care." Medical Care Research
and Review, published online 20 Nov 2020 doi: 10.1177/1077558720974129
Byker, Tanya, Elena Patel, and K. Smith. 2023. "Fitting the Bill? Emergency Paid Leave and the
Families First Coronavirus Response Act" at Washington Center for Equitable Growth Webinar:
Paid leave and the pandemic: New Evidence from Families First and lessons for federal
Byker, Tanya, Elena Patel, and K. Smith. 2022. "Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Effect
on Paid Leave Taking During the Early Pandemic" at APPAM conference in Austin TX.
Smith, K. and S. Allen. 2022. "Social Inequality and the COVID-19 Pandemic." Paper presented
at the 2022 Eastern Sociological Society Meeting, Boston, Mass.
Smith, K., Elena Patel, and Tanya Byker. 2022. "COVID-19 and Paid Leave: Racial and Ethnic
Disparities. Invited Panelist on Panel, "Ensuring Racial Equity in Paid Family and Medical Leave"
at AU IWPR Care Economy Conference, The U.S. Care Infrastructure: From Promise to Reality.
"Report highlights continued pandemic inequalities for women throughout the state." Concord
Monitor. December 5, 2022
"Community Reacts to Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade." Dartmouth News. MAY 9 2022
"The pandemic forced millions of women out of the workforce—many have not returned."
Daily Hampshire Gazette NOV 8 2021
"Women recount sexual harassment at Upper Valley cleaning companies." Valley News NOV 7
"Professor gender pay gap greater at Dartmouth than at peer institutions." The Dartmouth JUL
"Episode 250: It's Like Climbing up a Mudslide: Pandemic Pushes Women Out of the
Workforce." New England News Collaborative, Podcast. MAY 13 2021
Smith, K. and A. Tickamyer, eds. 2011. Economic Restructuring and Family Well-Being in Rural America. University Park, Penn State University Press.
Despite Gains, Closing Wage Gap Could Take Decades (NPR)
Workers Vote With Feet, Leave Home-Based Childcare (NPR)
Wives as Breadwinners: Wives' Share of Family Earnings Hits Historic High During the Second Year of the Great Recession Media coverage of the study: The Economist / New York Times Economix Blog / Time Magazine On-Line / Business Week / NPR