Here’s a great piece on the benefits of marriage even compared to unmarried, cohabiting couples:
- higher incomes
- higher net worth
- greater health
There’s an interesting point that I hadn’t considered before.
Marriage knits the couple into a kinship network in which interest-free loans, babysitting, elder care, and other forms of assistance in hard times are more readily available.
Even in a bad economy there is a simple 3 step way to avoid poverty.
- Finish school
- Then get married
- Then have kids
This is the traditional American model and it is the greatest anti-poverty program there is. If you follow this path in sequence your chances of being poor are in the single digits. The left’s efforts to undermine this are yet another reason they are so destructive.