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May 25, 2023

Education Freedom and Work Opportunities as Catalysts for Increasing the Birth Rate Among Married Couples

Summary Pursuing new, commonsense approaches to education reform and work–family policies, from childcare and early education through higher education and workforce flexibility, will foster the conditions for family flourishing and…

May 4, 2023

The Social Breakdown: The Poverty of Family, Community, and Religious Life in America

On May 4, AEI’s Center on Opportunity and Social Mobility (COSM) hosted the launch of “The Social Breakdown,” a new research series dedicated to the study of social capital. https://www.youtube.com/embed/SWmPhcul8NE…

May 3, 2023

The Mainline Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Social Capitalism

…and areas with many mainliners the best. Sociologists have observed these trends in prior work, including our colleague, W. Bradford Wilcox. Wilcox argues that mainline adherents tend to “talk left…

April 25, 2023

A Debate on Fatherhood

…of the National Marriage Project at UVA, W. Bradford Wilcox moderated the discussion between Reeves and Rowe that explores the question, “Does strengthening fatherhood depend on renewing marriage in America?”…

February 2, 2023

Prioritizing Money Over Marriage, Today’s Parents Are Making a Big Mistake

…indicative of the pressure many young people feel to prioritize career and income. “Why do I have to choose a career path right now?” her daughter wanted to know. “What if…

January 7, 2023

Personal Responsibility, Not Victimhood, Is the Path to Success

…success. Wendy Wang is the director of research at the Institute for Family Studies. Brad Wilcox is a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, a nonresident senior fellow at the…

May 26, 2022

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

…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 to critics who claim…

November 16, 2021

The Changing Face of Social Breakdown

Last month, two of my colleagues at the American Enterprise Institute (Brad Wilcox and Lyman Stone), along with co-authors from the Wheatley Foundation and the Institute for Family Studies, published…

October 19, 2021

The Divided State of Our Unions

Executive Summary Where is the American family headed as COVID-19 finally seems to be abating? Focusing on family formation in the United States, this report considers three possibilities: (a) the…