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-2-Parent Families Give Poor A Better Chance

by Dr. D ~ January 30th, 2014

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President Obama expressed in his State of the Union message that he was going to do something about income equality. If he really meant what he said he would start here.

A Harvard U. study shows that communities filled with 2 parent families give the poor a better opportunity for advancement and upward mobility. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

Copious studies have long shown that marriage helps families leave and stay out of poverty. What is most interesting, though, about the new study by Harvard economists Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren and Patrick Kline, and Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez is that it is a community-level analysis.

This means that poor children who live in communities with a large proportion of single parents are more likely to remain poor even when they are raised by their married mother and father. Or, another way of saying the same thing, poor children who are raised by a single parent but live in a community where most children are raised by both parents are more likely to escape poverty.

There were three other community factors that strongly predicted upward economic mobility: class and racial segregation, school quality and social capital.   …

When controlling for all factors, though, family structure was the strongest predictor of upward economic mobility.

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Response: Sadly current government policies seem to encourage single parenthood and unmarried family structures. It is doubtful that the Obama administration will do anything about encouraging strong marriages and 2 parent homes for raising children regardless of the research. The government will most likely continue to ignore the ‘strongest predictor of upward economic mobility’ and put all of their money on education and class issues. 

However community churches, pastors, and ministries which are strong in many low income communities should go with this research and make a renewed effort in encouraging strong marriages and 2 parent families.            *Top

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