Is Inequality All in the Family? (U.S. News & World Report)


In an opinion piece in U.S. News & World Report, Professor Charles Wheelan ’88 writes about family structure and the importance of treating it as one of the nation’s serious economic challenges.

In fact, he writes, family structure is the “policy elephant in the room” amid discussions of income inequality, minimum wage, and the future of low-skill workers.

Family structure “should be treated as a serious economic challenge, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum. If we’re going to have a robust discussion around income inequality—and we should—then we ought to put all the component parts on the table,” writes Wheelan, a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences and a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics.

Read the full opinion piece, published 4/2/14 by U.S. News & World Report.

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