Family Life

Pew: Growing share of childless adults in U.S. don’t expect to ever have children

"Birth rates in the United States dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic amid the twin public health and economic crises, lending evidence to predictions from early on in the outbreak that economic uncertainty might trigger a baby bust." - Pew

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On the 25th Anniversary of Welfare Reform, a Study Asks How It Worked

"Each big anniversary of the 1996 welfare reform . . . sees an outpouring of retrospectives . . . It’s long been clear that single mothers flooded into the labor force after the reform, and that their income went up. What’s less clear is whether some particularly disadvantaged families were left behind, and how overall well-being changed for the affected households." - IFS

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The Good News About Our Economy & Families

"Among both conservatives and progressives, there are claims that the world is getting worse and that the American family had a better standard of living, better opportunities for employment, and a simpler life forty years ago. . . . There are several factors that play into this perception. The first is that we suffer from . . . negativity bias. It is easier for us to see the bad things that are happening rather than the progress." - IFWE

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Does Poverty Create Psychopathic Behavior? No, But Family Instability Appears To

"Children in poor families tend to have better outcomes than children raised in foster homes, as I noted in a piece for Psychology Today. This is striking because when it comes to important outcomes like graduation rates, drug use, future earnings, and criminal behavior, much of our focus is on economic factors." - IFS

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