Pilar Gonalons-Pons


  • Penn today highlights a new research being conducted by research associate Pilar Gonalons-Pons which focuses on the pandemic’s impact on paid and unpaid child care workers. “It might seem like the gender disparity has washed out and, in many areas, we have rebounded to pre-COVID levels. But the care economy has not yet recovered,” says Gonalons-Pons, who studies the intersection of gender, work, families, and public policy.


    "How have women in the workforce fared, three years into the pandemic?," Michele W. Berger, Penn Today, March 20, 2023.

  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Gonalons-Pons, Pilar 2022. "Paid Family Leave and the Gender Division of Paid and Unpaid Work.University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2022-73.

  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how the overturning of Roe v. Wade will affect those in poverty. "Having children puts people in this country at risk of falling into poverty due to extremely weak support of children."

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

My research examines how work, families, and public policies structure economic inequalities, with a particular focus on how inequalities change over time and over the life course. I emply quantitative techniques and longitudinal datasets from multiple countries along with content analyses of documents and interview data.

My studies contribute to debates about the uneven change in gender inequalities, the role of family processes in exacerbating inequalities across families, and the relevance of public policies in mediating these processes.

My current projects focus on the impact of changes in wives' earnings on income inequality in 8 countries 1975-2015, the effects of the Great Recession on workers' career mobility and family formation in 30 countries, and changes in couples' work and earnings after childbirth in the US 1970-2010.

My research has been published in Demography, Social Science Research, and the RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.


  • Penn FQT/GSWS Care for the Future programme: Pilar Gonalons-Pons hosts discussion on Loira Limbal's Through the Night
  • OPR Seminar Series: Pilar Gonalons-Pons on Reproductive Labor and the Structure of Inequality