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12.20.21

High-Income Families are Their Own Safety Net for Boomerang Kids During the Pandemic

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In a new Economic Commentary, Cleveland Fed researchers find that most young adults who moved in with their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic—the so-called boomerang kids— come from high-income families who are more likely to be able to financially support their children and enable them to better weather economic shocks.

“This economic support from their families has likely enabled boomerang kids to stay nonemployed for longer periods of time compared to young adults living away from their parents and to be more selective about the jobs they do take.,” say Cleveland Fed researchers Rachel Widra and André Victor D. Luduvice.

This behavior is consistent across different levels of education. The patterns documented in this article for boomerang kids represent additional evidence of the pandemic’s having unequal economic effects among young workers.

Read more: Boomerang Kids in the Pandemic: How High-Income Families Are Their Own Safety Net

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