Pilkaukas quoted on affluence and family cohesion

May 11, 2022 The Atlantic

An article in The Atlantic examines how affluence affects where older children live in relation to their parents. 

Ford School associate professor Natasha Pilkaukas is cited, noting that that the rate of multigenerational living is considerably lower in the United Kingdom than in the U.S.—which she suspects is a reflection, in part, of the U.K.’s public-housing availability, paid parental leave, and subsidized child care, in a reference to a 2014 publication she wrote with Melissa Martinson. And there’s evidence that as a single mother’s earned-income tax credit rises, her likelihood of co-residing falls, noting a 2019 publication she wrote with Ford School asociate professor Kathrine Michelmore. With more generous family policies and broader access to affordable elder care, more people might very well chase opportunities away from home, the article says.