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February 14, 2024

Debate: The Future of Family Policy

A new bill is making its way through Congress, aiming to expand the existing Child Tax Credit (CTC) policy. As part of a Dispatch debate series, associate editor Luis Parrales moderates a debate between Kevin Corinth of the American Enterprise Institute and Patrick T. Brown of the Ethics and Public Policy Center on the merits of the proposal. What are the tradeoffs of a work requirement? Should…

September 12, 2023

Sociologist Brad Wilcox: Marriage is one of the strongest predictors of happiness for Americans

Brad Wilcox shares the latest research which finds married Americans are much happier than singles. He explains why it’s important for society to encourage young adults to pursue serious relationships. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

August 10, 2023

The Rowe Show

On today’s Remnant—which happens to be more than a year in the making—Jonah’s joined for the first time by Ian Rowe, a senior fellow at AEI and the author of Agency (2022), which explores how young people can build strong families and take control of their destiny. Much of their conversation focuses on one of Ian’s primary interests,…

July 21, 2023

Jeremy Horpedahl: Are American Families Thriving?

Does the typical American family today enjoy better living standards compared to 1985? We may have bigger TVs in our living rooms and smartphones in our pockets, but a recent report from Washington, DC, think tank the American Compass suggests the cost of a thriving, middle-class lifestyle has risen over the past generation. To discuss what that…

May 12, 2023

Changing Narratives on Family Affordability with Angela Rachidi

On this episode of The Archbridge Podcast, co-hosts Ben Wilterdink and Clay Routledge invite AEI’s Angela Rachidi to discuss her recent report, The Evidence on Family Affordability. Rachidi’s report found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, it has not become much more difficult to afford a family on a middle-class income, and that changes in family structure…

April 25, 2023

A Debate on Fatherhood

Richard Reeves and Ian Rowe debate the question, “Does strengthening fatherhood depend upon renewing marriage in America?” In his recent book, Of Boys and Men, Brookings Senior Fellow Richard Reeves argues that the institution of fatherhood must be revitalized in order to promote successful outcomes for boys and men, even if it means separating the…

April 20, 2023

Religion’s Refusal to Die

Event Summary On April 20–21, AEI and the Lefrak Forum cohosted a wide-ranging conference addressing religion’s persisting relevance in modernity’s public and private spheres of life. The conference commenced on the evening of April 20, with a conversation between Yeshiva University’s Meir Soloveichik and University of Notre Dame’s Patrick Deneen, who debated the extent to…

January 5, 2023

Defending the American Dream with Michael Strain

Our interview this week is with the American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Strain. Michael is the author of The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It), and we talk about how real blue-collar wages in America have not been stagnant for decades, despite what you might have heard.

November 3, 2022

Child Poverty: Trends and Outlook

Spotlight hosted an engaging and substantive discussion on recent trends in childhood poverty. The event, held with the support of the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, was moderated by Aparna Mathur, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center. The panelists were Dana Thomson of Child Trends, Samuel…

May 26, 2022

Realizing the Dream: What Does the Success Sequence Have to Do with the Economic Welfare of Black and Hispanic Young Adults?

Event Transcript Event Summary On May 26, a panel of experts discussed a new report published by AEI and the Institute for Family Studies on the effectiveness of the success sequence for minorities and low-income Americans. AEI’s W. Bradford Wilcox and Wendy Wang of the Institute for Family Studies highlighted new data suggesting that, contrary…