What Do the “Haves” Have, That the “Have-Not’s” Have Not?

Inequality is on the rise in the Western world. It is often measured by a number of factors such as: inequality in wealth, income and employment opportunities, in education, in health, and in access to health care and other resources, in human capital, in intergenerational mobility, etc…

Yet one important factor is less-often considered: family inequality. Yet family inequality is entwined with inequalities of class, both feeding them and being fed by them.

The Social Trends Institute invited professors and scholars of law, sociology, economics, public policy, demography and political economy to an experts meeting in Rome to present new research on these intersections.

The findings were interesting, with study after study revealing family instability to be detrimental to children’s welfare. Many demonstrate that family structure polarization, perpetuates and even exaggerates the cycles on both ends of the scale. For example:

  • University of Virginia’s Brad WilcoxJoseph Price from Brigham Young addressed how family structure impacts economic growth, highlighting that countries with higher levels of two-parent families and marriage enjoy higher levels of economic growth.
  • Brienna Perrelli-Harris’ research highlighted some differences in the American and European cases. While her findings were the same as others that, for example, cohabitating unions are less stable than marriages, she noted that these differences were significantly greater in the US and the UK than in other countries. She also noted that country context matters more for partnership patterns than does education.

Source: www.socialtrendsinstitute.org/

Read more: www.socialtrendsinstitute.org/news/v/en/news/n1835/what-do-the-haves-have-that-the-have-not-s-have-not 

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