Patrick T. Brown

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Patrick T. Brown is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where his work focuses on developing a robust pro-family economic agenda and supporting families as the cornerstone of a healthy and flourishing society.

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Patrick T. Brown is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where his work focuses on developing a robust pro-family economic agenda and supporting families as the cornerstone of a healthy and flourishing society.

Prior to joining EPPC, Brown served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC), where he published reports on child care affordability and education policy. He helped lead research about how to make it more affordable to raise a family and more effectively invest in youth and young adults for the JEC’s Social Capital Project.

He has written and spoken on pro-family tax policy, child care and education policy, welfare reform, pro-life advocacy efforts, and other topics. He is also a contributing editor to American Compass, where he inaugurated the “Edgerton Essays” series, featuring first-person essays from working-class Americans.

In addition to his experience on Capitol Hill, he has worked in a diocesan communications office and as a government relations staffer for Catholic Charities USA and is a book reviewer for Catholic News Service.

Brown graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in political science and economics. He also holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He and his wife Jessica have three young children and live in Columbia, S.C.

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Loan Giveaways Won’t Boost Family Formation

Patrick T. Brown

Policymakers can improve options for parents without forgiving student debt.

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City Journal / November 18, 2021

Thoughts on a Post-Roe Agenda

Patrick T. Brown

The pressure campaigns on religious freedom and voting bills would look like child’s play if a state moved to enact restrictions potentially enabled by Dobbs. Social conservatives need to prepare a counteroffensive.

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Virginia’s New Governor Should Improve Options for the Parents of Young Children

Patrick T. Brown

With D.C. consumed with a social spending bill that could dramatically reshape life for America’s families, Virginia could offer an example of authentically pro-family policy from early childhood to high school.

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Institute for Family Studies / November 16, 2021

A Distinctly American Family Policy

Patrick T. Brown

Borrowing a family policy prescription from Helsinki or Budapest is bound to disappoint. A distinctly American family policy platform must be seen as expanding choice, not constraining it, and working with our national character, not trying to reshape it, all while understanding family as the essential institution in society, one that stakes an unavoidable claim on our public resources.

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Public Discourse / November 11, 2021

5 Ways to Make America More Family-Friendly

Patrick T. Brown

The family is the fundamental unit of society, and has a claim on our resources. Here are five important steps policymakers could take to put that philosophy into practice.

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National Catholic Register / November 10, 2021

If You Like Your Church Preschool, Can You Keep It?

Patrick T. Brown

‘Build Back Better’s’ plan for child care has an ugly blind spot when it comes to faith-based programs.

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Deseret News / November 10, 2021

What the Build Back Better Act Would Mean for Families

Patrick T. Brown

Childcare subsidies would dramatically reshape the landscape for parents of young children—perhaps in ways its authors don’t intend.

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The Dispatch / November 3, 2021

Examining the Relationship Between Higher Education and Family Formation

Patrick T. Brown

Proposals to reduce or eliminate student debt on a large scale are often proposed in the spirit of lifting barriers to family formation, allowing young adults to marry or become parents. But understanding what role student debt plays in the lives of young Americans is important before adopting widespread policy prescriptions.

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Joint Economic Committee / November 3, 2021

Biden’s Reconciliation Plan Would Expand Marriage Penalties. That’s Not Build Back Better.

Patrick T. Brown

Not only do marriage penalties leave families economically worse off, they also undermine marriage, an essential institution in a functioning society.

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USA Today / October 29, 2021

INTERVIEW: Patrick T. Brown on Working-Class Families and the Child Tax Credit

Patrick T. Brown

EPPC Fellow Patrick T. Brown talks with Spotlight on Poverty about the congressional debate over child tax credits and what working-class families think about proposed federal aid.

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Spotlight on Poverty / October 27, 2021

Gimme Shelter

Patrick T. Brown

David Wessel’s book Only the Rich Can Play offers an uncomfortable reminder that no matter how much you may appreciate an idea’s intellectual lineage or conceptual clarity, no plan survives first contact with the enemy.

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American Compass / October 21, 2021

Why Working-Class Parents Don’t Buy What D.C. Is Selling

Patrick T. Brown

If politicians want expanded child benefits to stick, they need to listen to the families that will benefit most.

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The New York Times / September 14, 2021