Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider

Assistant Professor
Dept of Sociology
Research Expertise and Interest
social demography, inequality, economic instability
Research Description

Daniel Schneider completed his B.A. in Public Policy at Brown University in 2003 and earned his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University in 2012.  Before joining the Department of Sociology, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley. Professor Schneider’s research interests are focused on social demography, inequality, and the family.  His current research includes an investigation of the role of economic resources in entry into marriage and cohabitation, a project examining the effects of the Great Recession on relationship quality, union dissolution, and fertility, and work on how precarious and unpredictable employment affects family life.  

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April 20, 2020
Nathaniel Meyersohn
A newly published survey of 30,000 hourly service sector workers, conducted between September 2017 and November 2019 by Berkeley's Shift Project, found that roughly 55% of workers at some of the largest grocery, food service, big box, and retail stores in the country said they lacked access to paid sick leave. "The widespread lack of paid sick leave for service sector workers has serious consequences for workers' own health, for the wellbeing of those they care for, as well as for public health," says assistant sociology professor Daniel Schneider, the Shift Project's founder and a co-author of the report. "During a global pandemic, these consequences become all the more urgent." As this reporter points out, an emergency coronavirus law has expanded paid sick leave in the U.S., but it exempts employers with 500 or more employees.
April 9, 2020
Sam Harnett
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the widespread lack of paid sick in the U.S. According to this reporter, only 4% of all American workers have 14 or more days off a year, and a new study from Berkeley and UCSF has found that 60% of 100,000 service and retail workers surveyed around the U.S. have reported going to work sick. The study, which was part of the "Shift Project," was co-authored by assistant sociology professor Daniel Schneider. Calling the results "really scary," co-author Kristen Harknett of UCSF notes that corporations with more than 500 workers are some of the worst offenders, and these businesses are exempt from the federal coronavirus stimulus bill. The full report is available at the Shift Project.
October 16, 2019
Claire Cain Miller
We're talking about serious deprivation from relentlessly unstable paychecks, says assistant sociology professor Daniel Schneider about findings on work issues facing hourly workers who have unpredictable schedules. Professor Schneider co-directs the Shift Project at Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment with UCSF professor Kristen Harknett. The researchers have found through ongoing surveys of 30,000 hourly workers that -- given equal wages and employers -- staff with irregular hours fare worse than those with stable hours, and the effects hit their children too. They also found that white men had the best schedules, while black and Hispanic women had the worst. Looking at the variables involved, Professor Schneider says, "We think what's left after parsing out all these other reasons is discrimination." For more on this, see the Shift Project's press release.
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