Money vs. Marriage: What’s Driving Growing Inequality in the U.S.?

New York, New York | April 7, 2016

Law professor Naomi R. Cahn (George Washington University) will debate sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox (University of Virginia) on marriage and inequality. Catherine Rampell, a columnist at the Washington Post, and Kay Hymowitz, the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, will serve as respondents.

Cahn will argue that shifts in the economy—from declines in non-college-educated men’s real wages to growing income inequality—have played a central role in undercutting the stability of family life among working-class and poor Americans. Wilcox will contend that the breakdown of marriage has left less-educated Americans particularly vulnerable to family instability and single parenthood, thereby fueling family poverty, income stagnation, and income inequality.

The debate, sponsored by the Social Trends Institute, will be held at the IESE Business School (in Midtown) at 165 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:00 p.m., the debate will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the discussion will conclude by 8:00 p.m. There will be opportunities for audience questions directed toward the panelists. The debate is free and open to the public.


Naomi R. Cahn - George Washington University

W. Bradford Wilcox - University of Virginia - Institute for Family Studies


Catherine Rampell - The Washington Post

Kay S. Hymowitz - The Manhattan Institute