America’s economic revival is tied to the revival of a strong marriage culture, according to a new study.
Compared with other family arrangements, marriage offers the best economic outcomes for men, women, children and the nation, said Patrick Fagan, head of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council (FRC), in an analysis released late last week.
Only 5.8 percent of married families lived in poverty in 2009, he noted in the new study, called “Marriage and Economic Well-Being: The Economy of the Family Rises or Falls With Marriage.”
Husbands tend to have more stable employment histories and earn, on average, almost 30 percent more than men who are not married. Wives are less likely to be impoverished, and children from married families have stronger “economic mobility” as adults, meaning they are more likely to work their way from good jobs to better ones over their lifetimes, according to the data.
Even remarriage, as fraught as it is with challenges, can have positive economic outcomes for all involved, said Mr. Fagan. “Remarriage tends to increase income and restore some lost wealth” for men and women, while the poverty rate among children whose mothers remarry after divorce goes down by 66 percent, he said.
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This news about the benefits of marriage should be no surprise to Urantia Book readers. Please see our topical study on Marriage HERE for a capsule of Urantia Book teachings on marriage...
And you also might enjoy our study on Family Life.