Professor David C. Ribar
Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, Australia
I have conducted research on family formation, child care, the consequences of teenage fertility, the economic motivations behind public and private transfers, welfare reform, the administrative burdens of assistance programs, people’s time use, food insecurity, homelessness, and other topics.
The role of family structure in promoting child well-being has been an important but also hotly-debated question for the public, policymakers and academics. We know that the average well-being outcomes for children raised by both of their biological parents are better than the average outcomes for children raised in other arrangements, but we don’t know exactly why. My research explores this.