Family

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    How Much Will Families Spend on School Supplies in 2019?

    This week, JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops published a research brief examining how much American households will spend on back-to-school shopping this year. Dr. Stoops writes: According to the annual National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, families with elementary, middle, and high school children will spend $26.2 billion or an average of…
    Brenee Goforth, August 16, 2019
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    Teen motherhood down, but the news is not all good

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon probes the latest data linked to teen motherhood. The teen birth rate has been cut in half since 2008, but the causes behind plummeting teenage pregnancies could also extend into adulthood and contribute to a demographic crisis. Although teen pregnancy…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has seen multiple reforms this year of state alcohol regulations. Rick Henderson analyzes those reforms and the prospects for future changes during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses recent changes with North Carolina’s Innovative School District for struggling public schools. University…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2019
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    Unintended Consequences

    In Changes in Family Structure and Welfare Participation Since the 1960S: The Role of Legal Services, Jamein Cunningham and Andrew Goodman-Bacon document the unintended and undesirable consequences of a federal program that continues to attract widespread, bipartisan support. From the Abstract: This paper evaluates the effects of the War…
    Jon Guze, July 26, 2019
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    “Red, white, and gray”

    That’s the title of a new report written by Lyman Stone and published by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Stone discusses something most of us know but don’t like to think about: “Americans are getting older.” Here are some excerpts from the executive summary: While we…
    Jon Guze, June 14, 2019
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    Religion, egalitarianism, and marriage

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights new research into the ingredients for a happy marriage. Both religion and egalitarianism have something to offer those seeking a happy marriage in a world of shifting mores—though religion leads to more children—a new report on international perspectives on…
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2019
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    Readers for life

    Anna Mussmann offers Federalist readers ideas for ensuring their children become readers for life. You may have seen the meme. Two mothers sit on a bench with their respective children. One mother is reading a book, and her kid is, too. The other pair is lost in their…
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2019
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    Americans aren’t having as many babies

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports the latest disturbing news linked to American fertility. The average American woman can expect to have fewer kids today than at any point in at least the last half century, new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2019