Research Report The Moynihan Report Revisited
Gregory Acs, Kenneth Braswell, Elaine Sorensen, Margery Austin Turner
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In 1965’s The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, Daniel Patrick Moynihan described a “tangle of pathologies”—from disintegrating families to poor educational outcomes, weak job prospects, concentrated neighborhood poverty, dysfunctional communities, and crime—that would create a cycle of deprivation, hardship, and inequality for black families. Today, although social progress has created opportunities for many members of the black community, the United States still struggles with many of the problems Moynihan identified. If we don't enhance economic opportunities and social equity for black families, we may spend the next 50 years lamenting our continued lack of progress.

Research Areas Race and equity Children and youth
Tags Racial and ethnic disparities Economic well-being Racial segregation Race, gender, class, and ethnicity
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center