Sunday, March 04, 2007

Numbers Drop for the Married With Children Numbers Drop for the Married With Children

WaPo: Numbers Drop for the Married With Children says a lot more than the headline would indicate. In particular, marriage is becoming a class, education, and wealth issue. The most educated, most affluent, are still getting married and mostly staying together. But the further down the income and education hierarchy you go, the more kids you find born out of wedlock and the more you find being raised in a single parent household.

Part of the much flaunted growing wealth inequality can be attributed to this dynamic. The rich and educated are getting more so because of their marriages. Married men work harder and earn more than their unmarried cohorts. Plus, combining two good salaries results in an even higher combined wage.

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