1. How to Fight Income Inequality: Get Married, The Wall Street Journal
A better and more compassionate policy to fight income inequality would
be helping the poor realize that the most important decision they can
make is to stay in school, get married and have children—in that order.
2. Why Marriage Won’t Solve Poverty, The Nation
The right fails to see that what’s changed isn’t just the moral status
of marriage, but the institution’s economic underpinnings, particularly
the collapse of decent jobs for working-class men.
3. Wealthy Women Can Afford to Reject Marriage, but Poor Women Can't, The Atlantic
There's a cognitive dissonance in Ehrenreich's straight-up dismissal of
the economic benefits of marriage, because the statistics tell an
awkward truth: Financially, married women tend to fare much better than
4. Why the Government Should Promote Relationship Skills, Family Studies
As Ruby Payne outlines in her book A Framework for Understanding Poverty,
poverty is not just financial. These days, it often also entails
growing up without a father and later lacking stable and satisfying
romantic relationships. Surely those problems are worth addressing along
with financial deprivation.
5. Can Uncle Sam Sell Americans on Marriage?, The Atlantic
"I don’t know anyone who sees these programs as making a big dent in
poverty," he said. "What I hear about is this is another tool that
addresses a crucial factor in poverty. It makes a more complete toolbox."
6. To Defeat Poverty, Look to Marriage, The Washington Post
More to the point, we know that being unmarried is one of the highest
risk factors for poverty. And no, splitting expenses between unmarried
people isn’t the same.
7. W. Bradford Wilcox: Marriage for Single Mothers is Not a Panacea in War on Poverty, The Deseret News
Ironically, the CCF report just confirms wisdom recently articulated in the report Knot Yet:
The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America: namely, men,
women and children are much more likely to enjoy a stable and supportive
family life when they sequence marriage before parenthood.
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