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Future of Children Research

How cultural factors shape economic outcomes, SPRING 2020

Children’s economic and social outcomes, both during their childhood and in their adult years, largely depend on the circumstances into which they are born and raised. Such circumstances are the product of children’s families, schools, and neighborhoods; the peers and adults with whom they spend time; the media images that shape their perceptions of themselves and their place in the world; and other factors– both internal and external to the individual child. Many would say that culture plays a large role in shaping a child’s life experiences and outcomes.

But culture is hard to define and quantify, and controversial to talk about. Furthermore, the question of what—if anything—policy makers and practitioners can do about culture is hard to grapple with. The articles in this issue take a quantitative, empirically rigorous approach to defining and studying specific cultural constructs, and they advance the policy conversation about how culture shapes children’s outcomes.

Read the full journal and policy brief on the Future of Children website.


Past Editions of The Future of Children

Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development (Vol. 29, no. 1)


Reducing Justice System Inequality (Vol. 28, no. 1)


Social and Emotional Learning (Vol. 27, no. 1)


Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade (Vol. 26, no. 2)


Children and Climate Change (Vol. 26, no. 1)


Marriage and Child Wellbeing Revisited (Vol. 25, no. 2)


Policies to Promote Child Health (Vol. 25, no. 1)


Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options (Fall 2014 Research Report)


Helping Parents, Helping Children: Two-Generation Mechanisms (Vol. 24, no. 1)


Military Families (Vol. 23, no. 2)


Postsecondary Education (Vol. 23, no. 1)


Literacy Challenges (Vol. 22, no. 2)


Children with Disabilities (Vol. 22, no. 1)


Work and Family (Vol. 21, no. 2)


Immigrant Children (Vol. 21, no. 1)


Fragile Families (Vol. 20, no. 2)


Transition to Adulthood (Vol. 20, no. 1)


Preventing Child Maltreatment (Vol. 19, no. 2)


America’s High Schools (Vol. 19, no. 1)


Juvenile Justice (Vol. 18, no. 2)


Children and Electronic Media (Vol. 18, no. 1)


The Next Generation of Antipoverty Policies (Vol. 17, no. 2)


Excellence in the Classroom (Vol. 17, no. 1)


Opportunity in America (Vol. 16, no. 2)


Childhood Obesity (Vol. 16, no. 1)


Marriage and Child Wellbeing (Vol. 15, no. 2)


School Readiness: Closing Racial and Ethnic Gaps (Vol. 15, no. 1)


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