[P] = a piece that has significant suggestions about “policy” ideas for what we do to fix the current problems.

Overview of the context, problem, and opportunity

[P] For background only, see Putnam, R.D. (2015). Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (NY: Simon and Schuster), especially pp. 31-45 for an overview of inequality in America today and pp. 226-261 about what is to be done.)

Edin, K. and Kefalas, M. (2005). “Unmarried with Children” Contexts 4(2): 16-22.

[P] Edin, K. (2014). “What about the Fathers?” Excerpt from The Shriver Report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink”. 

McLanahan, S. and Sawhill, I. (2015). Introduction to Future of Children volume ‘Marriage and Child Wellbeing: Ten Years Later’. LINK

McLanahan, S., Tach, L. and Schneider, D. (2013). “The Causal Effects of Father Absence”. Annual Review of Sociology 39: 399-427.

Murray, C. (2012). “The New American Divide”. Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2012. LINK

Tach, L., Edin, K., Harvey, H. and Bryan, B.. (2014). “The Family-Go-Round: Family Complexity and Father Involvement from a Father’s Perspective.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. 654(1):169-184.

Tach, L., Edin, K., and McClanahan, S. (2011). “Multiple Partners and Multiple Partner Fertility in Fragile Families.” Fragile Families Working Paper WP11-10-FF  LINK

Improving Parenting

[P] Kalil, A. (2014). “Addressing the Parenting Divide”. Hamilton Project paper 2014. LINK

[P] Reeves, R., Sawhill, I. (2013), and Howard, K. “The Parenting Gap.” Democracy Issue 30LINK

Encouraging Family Formation and Family Stability

[P] Cherlin, A. (2014). Labor’s Love Lost. NY: Russell Sage Foundation.  2014 NYT oped ”Real Reason Richer People Marry” LINK and Chap. 7

Cohen, P. (2015). “Cherlin interview, with my unsolicited responses”. Family Inequality Blog. January 16, 2015. LINK

[P] Haskins, Ron. (2015) “The Family is Here to Stay”. Future of Children volume ‘Marriage and Child Wellbeing: Ten Years Later’. LINK

Jencks, C., and McLanahan, S. (2015) “Was Moynihan Right?” EdNext 15(2). LINK

Levy, F. and Temin, P. (2007). “Inequality and Institutions in 20th Century America.” NBER Working Paper 13106. LINK

[P] Reeves, R. (2015). “How to Save Marriage in America.” The Atlantic Monthly. February 13, 2015. LINK

Sawhill, I. [summary of Marriage Markets by Cahn and Carbone], “The Economics of Marriage, and Family Breakdown,” Brookings Institution, July 15, 2014. LINK

Sawhill, I. (2015). “Explaining the Retreat from Marriage: The Role of Male Economic Prospects and Cultural Change”. Powerpoint presentation. Brookings Institution.

[P] Schneider, D. (2015). “Lessons Learned from Non-Marriage Experiments”. Future of Children volume ‘Marriage and Child Wellbeing: Ten Years Later’. LINK

Wilcox, WB and Wolfinger, NH. (2015). “One Nation, Divided: What Role Do Culture and Civic Institutions Play in the Marriage Divide?” LINK

Delaying Pregnancy and Reducing Out-of-Wedlock Births

[P] Luthra, S. (2015). “Some Pediatricians Don’t Have Adequate Training With IUDs”. Kaiser Health News, February 11, 2015.   LINK

Sawhill, I. (2014). Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press. Chapter 1 LINK and powerpoint

[P] Sawhill, I. (2014). “Beyond Marriage” New York Times Sept. 13, 2014. LINK

Stanley, S. (2014). “Marriage and Positive Child Outcomes: Commitment, Signaling and Sequence” Family Studies Blog. Institute for Family Studies, September 18, 2013 LINK