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Economist Melissa Kearney discusses ‘the two-parent privilege,’ why households headed by married couples are better off

What: University of Maryland professor Melissa Kearney headlines two events Wednesday, Nov. 8 hosted by the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business. Both are moderated by Adam Looney, executive director of the Marriner S. Eccles Institute. Coming to Utah at the invitation of the Eccles Institute, Kearney will present the ideas outlined in her new and provocative book “The Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind.”

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Economist Melissa Kearney

The book explores societal shifts that have reshaped the American family structure in recent years, as well as the intersection of economics and family dynamics. Kearney appears first at Gardner Policy Center’s Newsmaker Breakfast then later on campus where she take part on a three-person panel at the Eccles School of Business.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Where: The Newsmaker Breakfast runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Monson Center, 411 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. RSVP by Nov. 6 to as space is limited.

The second appearance starts at 3 p.m. in the Garff Auditorium, 1731 E. Campus Center Dr., where Kearney joins a panel that includes U sociology and gender studies professor Claudia Geist and Brigham Young University professor of family life emeritus and Manager of the Utah Marriage Commission Alan Hawkins. U business school professor Adam Looney will moderate that discussion.