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Paula Fomby, Associate Director & Associate Professor, University of Michigan, (Mann Library Rm 102)

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Mann Library, 102
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA


Paula Fomby, is Research Associate Professor in the Survey Research Center and Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

Family Systems and Parents' Support for Education in Early Adulthood 

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Abstract: Young adults raised outside of two-parent families receive less financial support from their families for education compared to peers who always lived with both parents. We consider how parents’ union status over time shapes contributions for young adult children’s education, emphasizing the potential for prior family composition to shape later family composition and economic resources. We consider union status among parents of a recent cohort of young adults in the US Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Unpartnered parents’ transfers to children were between 44 and 90 percent smaller and repartnered parents’ transfers were between one- and two-thirds smaller compared to parents who lived continuously with a child’s other parent, depending on how long the parent was unpartnered or repartnered. The results demonstrate that through its influence on subsequent coresident family composition and family economic resources, parents’ union status has indirect as well as direct associations with financial transfers to adult children for education.

Co-sponsored with Cornell Population Center, Institute for the Social Sciences, Center for the Study of Inequality, and Dept. of Policy Analysis and Management

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