The Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute is a new Federal Reserve initiative aimed at conducting world-class research to measure, analyze and make recommendations to improve the economic well-being of all Americans, with a particular focus on structural barriers that limit full participation in economic opportunity and advancement in the U.S.
The Institute’s inaugural conference was held on May 22-23, 2017 with presentations from several FFCWS researchers.
FFCWS PI, Sara McLanahan was invited to speak about the consequences of the growing number of children born to unmarried mothers. Specifically, McLanahan spoke about the instability and economic insecurity experienced by fragile families, behavioral problems of children, and consequences for educational attainment.
FFCWS collaborator Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins also spoke about unmarried parents. Edin talked about the circumstances that result in such births and programs which may help interrupt this pattern.
Co-I, Janet Currie of Princeton presented research that showed a strong reduction in child mortality among poor children. Possible factors include large recent increases in Medicaid spending, as well as fewer people smoking and reductions in pollution.
Further details of the conference proceedings can be viewed on the conference's Livestream page.