ON-Lion Letter
During the last 50 years, the percentage of American children raised by a single parent increased from 9% to 26%.  While in 1960 almost 70% of Americans aged 20 to 29 were married, today only 25% are married -- and for those who do marry, the divorce rate remains high.  How will these changes affect America's workplaces, faith communities, and economy in the coming decades?

At an event at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., in October, W. Bradford Wilcox, Mary Eberstadt, and Nick Schulz discussed these and other recent changes in American family structure, examining important economic and cultural consequences on the horizon.

Wilcox directs the National Marriage Project (NMP) at the University of Virginia, where he is an associate professor of sociology.  He is also an AEI visiting fellow and directs its Home Economics Project.  At the event, "The American family:  How a 'new normal' is reshaping religion, work, and today's economy," he described a growing crisis among American men who have lost their connections with core American institutions, including the workplace, church, and marriage.

Eberstadt is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington.  She explained the link between robust religious engagement and family life at the AEI event, which is viewable online.

Schulz is a former AEI fellow, author of the AEI book Home Economics:  The Consequences of Changing Family Structure, and a columnist for Forbes.com.  He said that it is impossible to understand income inequality in the United States without taking into account changes in family structure.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports AEI, NMP, and EPPC.
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