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02.18.09 Have changes in family structure contributed to the growth of inequality? - Changes in inequality form the family perspective o Growth in inequality in family incomes from the mid 1970’s to present Gini coefficient around 0.44 in 2003 o Ratio of black and Hispanic to white median family income, narrowing of gap Blacks ratio is increasing towards whites, Hispanics very complex due to immigration o Families work more than ever, increase in average hours worked Particularly apparent in middle-income families with children - Changes in family structure o Wives entering labor force, less marriage, more single parent households o Decrease in births to married women, increase in births to unmarried mothers o Crucial questions What are the causes of these changes? Values or policy? What are the consequences of these changes? Have they contributed to the growth of inequality? o Debate on single parenthood Between 1960 and 1982 the percentage of white children under 3
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