How cultural factors shape children’s social and economic outcomes

A group of children sit on a couch in a replica set from the "Seinfeld" television comedy series as they tour Hulu's "Seinfeld: The Apartment", a temporary exhibit on West 14th street in the Manhattan borough of New York City, June 24, 2015. Created to celebrate the launch of all of the episodes of the "Seinfeld" television comedy series available streaming on Hulu beginning June 24, the exhibit contains a replica version of the Upper West Side NewYork City apartment set from the series, original items and interactive elements and is open to the public through June 28.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

On this episode, Ron Haskins and Melissa Kearney, co-editors of the Future of Children journal, discuss the journal’s new edition that focuses how cultural factors—including religion, parenting styles, role models, mentors and the media—shape economic outcomes. Haskins is a senior fellow emeritus in Economic Studies at Brookings and Kearney is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, as well as a Brookings nonresident senior fellow.

Also on this episode, David Wessel, senior fellow and director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, has another economic update in which he shares his concerns about the nation’s economic outlook.

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