A Simple Policy Fix to Encourage Two-Parent Homes

by Willis Krumholz
Real Clear Politics

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.

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