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    Love, Tinder, and Cohabitation: Valentine’s Day Thoughts

    This Valentine’s Day Time magazine describes young adults’ new craze over a dating app called Tinder. The app lets users slide through hundreds of profiles of dating prospects, signaling “like” or “nope” to each. While the preoccupation with the phone app might seem innocuous, it’s another symbol of the culture … More

    Income Mobility Tied to Marriage

    Recent research from the Equality of Opportunity Project found that “the strongest predictors of upward mobility are measures of family structure such as the fraction of single parents in the area.” These findings add to the growing body of data on the link between marriage and success in life. Growing … More

    New Study: Does Income Inequality Harm Opportunity?

    Income inequality is a hot topic for 2014. The liberal Center for American Progress recently launched a new center devoted to the subject, and President Obama has been making it a centerpiece of his speeches. But what causes income inequality; is it inherently bad; and what (if anything) should be … More

    Upward Mobility, Equality of Opportunity, and the Family

    Discussions about poverty and upward mobility tend to overlook a growing amount of research arguing that socioeconomic differences in America are often rooted in family structure. They note that, as the stability of the family has steadily deteriorated, parents’ financial situation and their children’s future prospects have eroded. Sadly, as … More

    A Double Decline of Marriage and Religiosity: Why Does It Matter?

    Analysts at a recent forum on the downward trends in marriage and religion in the United States agree that the two are not isolated phenomena but, in fact, influence and exacerbate one another. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, has shown that family dissolution is linked to a … More

    New Study on High School Graduation Rates, Gender, and Parental Marriage

    Children living with married opposite-sex parents were more likely to graduate from high school than peers living with cohabiting, single, or same-sex parents, according to a new study in the Review of the Economics of Households. This finding is consistent with the decades of research on children’s educational outcomes and … More

    Obamacare’s Threat to Marriage and America’s Civil Society

    In addition to a tsunami of glitches in online enrollment, Obamacare is designed with a payment structure that undercuts marriage and the family—two institutions that have historically provided the foundation for a sustainable and thriving civil society. The law is structured to provide less support to a husband and wife … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Dimming Aspirations in the Rise of Cohabitation

    Since 1960, the number of cohabiting couples in our nation has skyrocketed from 450,000 to more than 7.5 million. As a motivation to move into cohabitation, couples have cited spending more time together, the ability to combine their financial resources, and the opportunity to “test drive” their relationship, possibly avoiding … More

    Father’s Day and the Tie Dads Give

    Throughout the nation, stores stock up on ties for Father’s Day, but there’s one tie that money can’t buy: the bond that fathers establish with their children through their presence and involvement in their lives. Decades of research show that fathers make a difference in a range of measures of … More

    Marriage Has a Role in Raising Children, Reducing Poverty

    The marriage debate is about more than romance between adults. Society’s interest in the upbringing of children and marriage’s unique ability to serve that interest explains the government’s involvement in the institution, argues Helen Alvare, a law professor at George Mason University and a leading expert on marriage and family … More