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The Social Capital Project Reading List

Further Reading

General Texts on Social Capital

Mike Lee, An Agenda for Our Time

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone

Robert Putnam, Our Kids

Charles Murray, Coming Apart

Yuval Levin, The Fractured Republic

Timothy Carney, Alienated America

Francis Fukuyama, The Great Disruption

Francis Fukuyama, Trust

William Julius Wilson, The Truly Disadvantaged

Elinor Ostrom, Governing the Commons

Raghuram Rajan, The Third Pillar

Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism

Marvin OlaskyThe Tragedy of American Compassion 


Making it More Affordable to Raise a Family

Jonathan Last, "America's One-Child Policy" 

Jonathan Last, What to Expect When No One's Expecting


Increasing How Many Children are Raised by Happily Married Parents

Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas, Promises I Can Keep

Joint Economic Committee, “Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage: The Rise of Unwed Childbearing”

Joint Economic Committee, "Rising Unwed Pregnancy and Childbearing across Educational and Racial Groups" 

Robert Rector, "Marriage: America's Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

National Marriage Project, "Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences" 3rd Edition  

National Marriage Project, "When Marriage Disappears: The New Middle America"  

Andrew J. Cherlin, "The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage"  

Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher, The Case for Marriage  

Andrew J. CherlinThe Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today  

Kay Hymowitz, Jason S. Carroll, W. Bradford Wilcox, and Kelleen Kaye, "Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America"  

Robert I. Lerman and W. Bradford Wilcox, "For Richer, For Poorer: How Family Structures Economic Success in America"  

Mark Regnerus and Jeremy UeckerPremarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying  

Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades, "Cohabitation Is Pervasive" 


Connecting People to Work

Oren Cass, The Once and Future Worker

Enrico Moretti, The New Geography of Jobs

Robert Gordon, The Rise And Fall of American Growth

Nicholas Eberstadt, Men Without Work

Jason DeParleAmerican Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare  

Ron Haskins, Work over Welfare  

Robert Rector and Vijay Menon, "Understanding the Hidden $1.1 Trillion Welfare System and How to Reform It" 


Improving the Effectiveness of Investments in Youth & Young Adults

Jamie Hall and Mary Clare Amselem, "Time to Reform Higher Education Financing and Accreditation"

Laura and John Arnold Foundation, "Evidence Summary for Nurse Family Partnership"

EdChoice, “Fast Facts on School Choice” 

Oren Cass, "How the Other Half Learns" 


Rebuilding Civil Society

Robert Nisbet, The Quest for Community

Peter Berger and Richard John Neuhaus, To Empower People

Robert Putnam, American Grace