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Daw, Jonathan K.; Verdery, Ashton M.; & Margolis, Rachel (2016). Kin Count(s): Educational and Racial Differences in Extended Kinship in the United States. Population and Development Review, 42(3), 491-517. PMCID: PMC6711384


Kinship networks are important but remain understudied in contemporary developed societies. Because hazards of vital events such as marriage, birth, and death vary demographically, it is likely that average numbers of extended kin also vary meaningfully by education and race. Previous research on kinship in developed societies focuses on group-level differences in kin ties that are combined with other relationships such as household coresidence, instrumental and emotional support, and frequency of contact. By contrast, the authors provide the first population-based estimates of group-level differences in living kin in the contemporary United States.


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Population and Development Review


Daw, Jonathan K.
Verdery, Ashton M.
Margolis, Rachel