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May 22

The Collapse of Marriage and the Rise of Welfare Dependence: Forty Years in the Wilderness Since the Moynihan Report

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan's prophetic warning about family dissolution as a cause of increasing welfare dependence and social pathology was shrilly denounced. For several decades, the Moynihan Report's findings were largely ignored in policy circles, until the 1990s debate over unwed childbearing and the importance of marriage in the context of welfare reform. Even then, the 1996 reform gave more rhetorical than substantive policy attention to the significance of marriage, and it was not until the 2006 reauthorization of welfare reform that concrete policy steps were made to address the breakdown of marriage as a root cause of poverty and welfare dependence. Join these experts for a discussion on the significance of marriage and family for the welfare of America.

More About the Speakers

Robert Rector
Senior Research Fellow,
The Heritage Foundation

Robert Lerman, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow,
The Urban Institute, and
Professor of Economics,
American University

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Ph.D.
The National Marriage Project,
Rutgers University

The Honorable Wade Horn, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary for Children and Families,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hosted By

Jennifer A. Marshall Jennifer A. Marshall

Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, and the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow Read More