Upcoming Events

Does Welfare Policy Discourage Marriage?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Washington, DC

Please join the Institute for Family Studies and AEI for a discussion of our new study on marriage penalties in welfare programs, which families they affect, and whether these penalties influence patterns of family formation. This report focuses on new families who face marriage penalties related to means-tested policies and explores what, if any, effect such penalties have on their odds of marrying.

IFS Senior Fellow W. Bradford Wilcox will present the report’s findings along with Joseph Price of Brigham Young University and Angela Rachidi of AEI. Following the presentation, a panel of distinguished experts will discuss the report.

The event will be held at AEI, Twelfth Floor, 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, DC, on Tuesday, July 26.

RSVP to attend in person, or Watch Live Online at 10:00 AM on July 26

For media inquiries, please contact Jackie Anderson at jackie@ifstudies.org.

Past Events

A Debate on Money vs. Marriage: What’s Driving Growing Inequality in the U.S.?

New York, NY / April 7, 2016

On Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m., IFS senior fellow W. Bradford Wilcox participated in a debate on on “Money vs. Marriage: What’s driving growing inequality in the United States?” Law professor Naomi R. Cahn, coauthor of Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family, debated Wilcox, who is also a sociologist and coauthor of Strong Families, Prosperous States: Do Healthy Families Affect the Wealth of States? Catherine Rampell, a columnist at the Washington Post, and Kay Hymowitz, the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, served as respondents.

Cahn argued that shifts in the economy—from declines in non-college-educated men’s real wages to growing income inequality—have played a central role in undercutting the stability of family life among working-class and poor Americans. Wilcox contended that the breakdown of marriage has left less-educated Americans particularly vulnerable to family instability and single parenthood, thereby fueling family poverty, income stagnation, and income inequality.

The debate was held at the IESE Business School (in Midtown) at 165 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

Sliding vs. Deciding: How Life Before “I Do” Impacts Lasting Love

Charlottesville, VA / February 11, 2016

From hooking up to living together prior to marriage, the landscape of romantic relationships in America has dramatically changed for today’s twentysomethings. This talk at the University of Virginia by Institute for Family Studies Senior Fellow Scott Stanley focused on how and why common premarital relationship patterns among young adults impact their later marital happiness and family stability. With a blend of compelling research and theological insights—and a candid embrace of the challenges of this age—Dr. Stanley taught strategies that can help you or those you care about to achieve lasting love in twenty-first-century America. View his talk here.