Home Building Survey Part I: State of the American Family

| Feb 10, 2021

Most American families say they’re falling short of the American Dream and need support.

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Home Building

Public Policy for the American Family



Family Feud: Child Allowance Edition

The Niskanen Center’s Samuel Hammond and the American Enterprise Institute’s Scott Winship debate the case for a “child allowance.”

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Family Financial Security: Sen. Romney on the Right’s Fight to Support Our Most Important Institution

Senator Mitt Romney joins us for a conversation about what draws him to family benefits, why he thinks conservatives should embrace the Family Security Act’s approach, how he sees this debate fitting into the broader one about the right-of-center’s future.

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News & Commentary

Biden’s Daycare Plan Is Bad for Families

May 04, 2021

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL—In an op-ed criticizing President Biden’s day care plan, J.D. Vance and Jenet Erickson highlight the findings of American Compass’s Home Building Survey.

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Give Power to the Parents!

Apr 29, 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES—In a column on how best to approach family benefits, David Brooks cites the findings of the American Compass Home Building Survey.

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How To Build Family Policy For The Working-Class Majority

| Mar 10, 2021

DAILY CALLER—Michael Lind’s Home Building essay on family policy for the working class majority is adapted by the Daily Caller.

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The Left’s Welfare Extremism

| Mar 05, 2021

NATIONAL REVIEW—Executive director Oren Cass on how left-wing critics of our family-benefit proposal are sorely misguided.

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Put Working Families at the Front of the Line for Help

| Mar 02, 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass argues that a policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.

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On the Commons

Let Them Eat Daycare

| Mar 01, 2021

Our policy debates center on helping working families, but they routinely fail to capture those families’ preferences for their own lives or for...

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Single Mothers’ Attitudes About Work and Motherhood

| Feb 28, 2021

Gina, a single mother of three in southwestern Ohio, recently told me that being a mom saved her from despair and addiction. “It’s...

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Is A Child Allowance Pro-Work for Poor Parents?

| Feb 25, 2021

To the current conversation about the merits and demerits of a child allowance, I would like to add another layer of perspective, drawn...

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Setting a Goal for Family Support

| Feb 24, 2021

The current debate on child benefits, galvanized by...

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Making Room for Families To Live

| Feb 24, 2021

Where do families want to live? Urbanists will...

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“Pay Parents” Isn’t a Pro-Family Position

| May 10, 2020

Debates over family policy are centering on the idea that households should be “paid” for raising children. The latest salvo comes from the...

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