From Kate Davidson of the Wall Street Journal, we learn of one more reason to hope for a return to four percent growth and generally good economic times. Seems that:
A larger share of young American women are living with family now than at any time since the 1940s, as more of them forgo early marriage for higher education …
This from a Pew finding:
In 1940, 36.2% of women age 18 to 34 lived with their parents or other relatives. That figure bottomed out around 1960, when 20.4% of women lived at home, but it climbed slowly for the next several decades and spiked in the decade leading up to and during the Great Recession.
By 2014, the share of women living with family had climbed back up to 36.4%.
So not a great time to be a a young woman and, actually, not a great time to be the parents of one, either. People with experience would no doubt tell anyone who asked, including Pew, that you might miss them but you aren’t sorry to see them leave.
With growing amusement (and only mild alarm), my wife and I have been noticing how our parents’ quirks have gotten, well, quirkier. My mother and father, for instance, steadfastly refuse to text-message. “I don’t want to get charged,” my mother says. And besides, “Why do you need to text when you can just call me?” Of course, this assumes she hears her flip-phone at all—it’s often buried deep inside her handbag. She also has a habit of turning the phone off.
A couple weeks ago the great Kay Hymowitz gave New York Times readers the vapors by writing a data-driven account of how single motherhood creates sub-optimal outcomes for both the mothers and their children. The piece was titled, "How Single Motherhood Hurts Kids."
The Republican presidential field is beginning to take shape, and candidates and maybe-candidates are figuring out where they stand and what to say. Sooner or later, they will need to say something about education. May we suggest a few talking points?