Race, Parental Wealth and the Transition to Young Adulthood

Awarded Scholars:
Christina M. Gibson-Davis,Duke University
Project Date:
Jul 2019
Award Amount:

The transition to adulthood between the ages of 18 and 25 is a critical stage for acquiring human capital and setting one’s economic trajectory. Reaching the milestones for a successful transition to adulthood—obtaining stable employment, completing education, and establishing financial independence—has been more elusive for recent birth cohorts, particularly for young adults of color. Public policy expert Christina Gibson-Davis notes that racial and ethnic disparities in parental wealth are an understudied source of inequality in young adulthood outcomes. She will examine the extent to which racial and ethnic disparities in parental net worth contribute to racial and ethnic variation in college attendance and completion, full-time employment and non-marital fertility. 





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