Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Does marriage really help keep people out of poverty?


Michael Barone, senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner, has a Sunday (Jan. 3) “Politics” column “GOP should push education and pro-family tax reform”, apparently syndicated, as I found it here.

Barone notes that divorce and out-of-wedlock births have decreased since the 70s in educated people, but remain high in people without college degrees. And then the writes that most people who graduate from high school and marry and stay married to one person drops on the floor into poverty.

That begs questions, about singletons who live solitary lives, and many gay men, who in the past have not been allowed to marry adults of their choice. Interestingly, Barone writes “I see no evidence that prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying will induce opposite-sex couples who have children to get married and stay married.”

Curiously, Barone, at least here, doesn't get into proposals like "the family wage" or hypotheses like "demographic winter".

Picture: New Years Eve celebration, Washington DC

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