Alejandra Ros Pilarz’s research focuses on the intersection of work and family, public policy, and child well-being. Her research examines working parents’ challenges and strategies related to managing work and family responsibilities, and how, in turn, this influences young children’s development. She is particularly interested in understanding these questions in the context of economic disadvantage and in the role of public policies in supporting working parents and their children’s development. In her research, she primarily conducts quantitative analyses of longitudinal, administrative and survey data, but also has experience in collecting and analyzing in-depth interview data.
Alejandra’s dissertation research examined the determinants of parents’ use of multiple, concurrent child care arrangements for their young children—including the role of child care subsidies—and the effects of multiple arrangements on young children’s development. Her other research projects have examined the relationships between different types of child care instability and young children’s behavioral outcomes, as well as how child care subsidy instability relates to child care arrangement continuity.