Public Investments and Class Gaps in Parents' Expenditures

12-1 pm

PSTC Seminar Room 205

Margot Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Brown University

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There are large class gaps in “parental investments” of money and time in children. Public investments in children/families may reduce class inequality among children and families by affecting parents’ behavior and practices. However, our understanding of the state-level spending context within the U.S. is limited. This paper will use newly assembled administrative data over a 25 year period, linked to household-level data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey, in order to ask whether state-level public spending on children/families is associated with reductions in class inequality in parents' expenditures on children.

Jackson's research is in the broad areas of social stratification and social demography, with an emphasis on inequality of educational opportunity, health, and children and families. Her research has been published in Social Forces, Demography, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and other venues, and funded by NIH, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. She received her PhD in sociology from UCLA in 2007.  

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