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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Policy Proposals

Americans Support a Generous Child Benefit Tied to Work

Sep 14, 2021

A Survey on the Expanded Child Tax Credit

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The Family Income Supplemental Credit

& | Feb 18, 2021

A proposal to expand the social compact for working families

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News & Commentary

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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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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Honoring Motherhood with Paid Leave

| May 07, 2021

Since Abigail Tucker’s book, Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct, was released a few days ago, I’ve been...

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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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Making Room for Families To Live

| Feb 24, 2021

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

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