Marriage Helps Your Economy

Want to help yourself and the economy? Get or stay married.

Larry Kudlow points out, “Marriage gives people a reason to work, a home one hopes is stable, and children for whom two parents feel responsible.”

In fact, Kudlow says it’s good for the economy. Over the past dozen years, average real growth has slowed to 1.8 percent annually, under both Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses—less than half the rate of the previous fifty years.

Naomi Schaefer Riley writes that “children of married parents are more likely to graduate high school, less likely to go to jail, and more likely to delay sexual activity. And of course, children of unmarried parents are more than five times as likely to live in poverty.”

Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore writes “that marriage with a devoted husband and wife in the home is a far better social program than food stamps, Medicaid, public housing, or even all of the combined.”

A recent report by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robert Lerman reveals that married men have higher average incomes, seem to be more productive at work, and work more and earn more. They find that “differing employment rates among married and unmarried men aren’t simply due to education levels or race either.”

Yes, marriage isn’t for everyone all the time, but not marrying handicaps your children.