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Melissa Kearney and the Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind

February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us 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.

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 free and open to the public. A ticket is required. Reserve your spot using this link.

Boswell Book Company will be at the event selling copies of Kearney’s newest book, “The Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind.”

Sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership. In partnership with UW-Milwaukee Department of Economics and the Student Union.


February 29
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


UWM Union Wisconsin Room
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, 53211 United States
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