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Are poor families poor because they fail to maintain stable families?, cont.

What we know:

Half the rise in child poverty over the 1980s is attributable to shifts in the child population from married-coupled families to female-headed families.

(The work of Darity and Myers, and Wilson and Neckerman is important for our understanding for the increasing number of families headed by single females).

Single-parent families of all races are at much greater risk of living in poverty.

Why?

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