The definition of marriage has long been considered a religious or legal argument. However, a growing number of economists, journalists, and social researchers are concluding that getting and staying married is a key to economic prosperity and domestic tranquility.
This reality became the subject of a New York Times article entitled “Two Classes, Divided by ‘I do’ “.
Citing a host of secular, liberal professors, the article came to the same conclusion as longtime apologists for traditional marriage: it’s not only good for the soul but also for one’s bank account.
Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist based at Johns Hopkins University, said, “It is the privileged Americans who are marrying, and marrying helps them stay privileged.” One reason is that married men who must provide for their family have greater incentive to be conscientious about their vocation.
According to Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, “Men who get married and stay married tend to be better workers.”. “They work harder; they work longer hours; they work more strategically; and as a consequence, they tend to earn more money.” He added that marriage benefits both partners economically. “Women who get and stay married by the end of their lives have a lot more in the way of assets – whether it’s a home or some kind of retirement account.”
Some marriage supporters believe the free market rests upon the foundation of a stable home. “The family is absolutely necessary for the market to function,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of The Ruth Institute, a think tank dedicated to understanding and defending the traditional family in all its aspects.
Dr. Morse told LifeSiteNews that parents’ differences allow them to equip their children with a mix of skills and abilities beyond that available to either individual parent. Healthy socialization also increases the child’s opportunity to become a productive citizen.
“The substitutes to the family are expensive and ineffective, and taxpayers end up paying the price,” she said during one of her own lectures at Acton University.