Is Having Married Parents Important to Child Well-Being?

Center researchers Liz Ananat, Anna Gassman-Pines and Christina Gibson-Davis have been awarded a $230,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study how marriage affects student achievement.

They will specifically look at whether being born to married parents leads to improved academic achievement and school behavior among black children.

There is a growing gap among black and white parents when it comes to marriage, and the researchers will look to determine whether that exacerbates inequality by increasing racial disparities in children’s academic achievement.


Darity: How to Provide Economic Stability for Families, Children

America has yet to recover from the Great Recession and economic insecurity continues to plague families and children, writes Faculty Fellow William Darity Jr. in The New York Times’ Room for Debate blog.

He argues that poor-paying, unstable jobs create volatility for low-income workers. Darity advocates that a federal program be created to provide jobs that pay above the poverty level and offer health insurance.

He writes that such a program could provide manpower to improve the country’s infrastructure and ensure families can maintain a decent standard of living.