The Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind

Speaker: Melissa Kearney, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland

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University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Student Union – Wisconsin Room
@ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Tommy G. Thompson Center and the UWM Department of Economics for an evening with Melissa Kearney. Kearney is a renowned economist, specializing in issues related to social policy, poverty, and inequality. In “The Two-Parent Privilege,” Melissa S. Kearney presents a data-driven argument for the importance of marriage in addressing economic challenges in the United States. She draws on over a decade of economic research to demonstrate that households with two married parents, while still prevalent among the upper class, have become increasingly rare among other socioeconomic groups, contributing to inequality and limiting opportunities for certain children.

This event is free and open to the public. A ticket is required. Register for tickets to attend in person at the UWM Student Union or via livestream.



Melissa S. Kearney is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. She is also Director of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); and a non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings and has testified before Congress on income inequality.

This event is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, in partnership with the Department of Economics and Student Involvement.

A sign language interpreter will be provided.

Melissa Kearney