A simple policy fix to encourage 2-parent homes

A simple policy fix to encourage 2-parent homes

[Ed. – Before you can fix a problem like this, you have to admit there is a problem.]

If we are concerned about poverty, inequality, and social mobility, we should care about the collapse of marriage and widespread father absence — concentrated among America’s poor and working class.

Even accounting for differences in parental income, kids growing up without Dad around are more likely to experience poverty as adults, have problems in school, or engage in criminal behavior. Furthermore, recent research has shown that a high presence of fathers in a neighborhood is a primary predictor of future upward mobility for the children in that neighborhood, even when factoring in race or the quality of schools.

Researchers from MIT and Northwestern University have rejected the idea that these effects are due to general poverty. Instead, neighborhoods and schools are less important than the “direct effect of family structure itself.”

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