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Using demographic and other quantitative methods, Professor Percheski studies how recent and ongoing changes in family life are related to changing patterns of social inequality in the United States.


Prof. Percheski's previous work has examined the relationship between family characteristics and social inequality in several domains including income and wealth inequality in the United States, employment patterns among mothers and fathers, health insurance coverage for adults, and health care utilization among children. Her current research portfolio includes investigations of 1) racial and ethnic wealth gaps among families with children;  2) cohort change in the associations between childhood family resources and family formation in young adulthood; 3) impacts of local economic conditions on sexual and contraceptive behavior among unmarried women and men; 4) the effects of state insurance investments on wealth inequality in children’s development.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Princeton University

… → 2008

Sociology, MA, Princeton University

… → 2006

Sociology, BA, Dartmouth College

… → 2001

Research interests

  • Family demography
  • Work and occupations


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