A good marriage can yield all kinds of emotional benefits, including happiness, companionship, and even better health, according to several studies. Marriage also can serve as a strong economic foundation, with each partner supporting the other’s efforts to provide for the family.
But a new study suggests Joblessness or other economic insecurity leads to fewer marriages. That not only deprives those individuals of the benefits of marriage, in a broader context it deprives society of the benefits of marriage as well.
The study, “Intimate Inequalities: Love and Work in a Post-Industrial Landscape” concluded that the disappearance of well-paying jobs for America’s working class – those with no more than a high school education – is taking a toll on marriage.