The Source: Falling Marriage Rates About Inequality, Not Morals
The state of the American Marriage is in decline. Studies have been showing marriage rates falling for years, but a recent study shows it is actually the lowest it has been in 100 years. A different study out just today shows that the number of "never married" is the highest point it has ever been accounting for 1 in 5 Americans.
While many have argued this is a religious issue and Americans are turning away from older institutions and ideas around coupledom, a strong case can be made that it is the result of changes in wealth, class, and inequality.
In their new book "Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family" June Carbone and Naomi Cahn argue a multi-tiered system exists.
While the middle class has access to these options the obligations of marriage cannot be met by an increasingly impoverished lower class.
- June Carbone, Robina Chair of law, science and technology at the University of Minnesota Law School
- Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at George Washinton University