Marital Divide – Trends in male employment may not bode well for marriage
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Another thing keeping Christian males single single longer: economic / career reasons.
- The recession reminds us that marriage is more than an emotional relationship; marriage is also an economic partnership and social safety net.” That’s what Brad Wilcox writes in an introductory essay to The State of Our Unions: Marriage in America 2009: “There is nothing like the loss of a job, an imminent foreclosure, or a shrinking 401(k) to gain new appreciation for a wife’s job, a husband’s commitment to pay down debt, or the in-laws’ willingness to help out with childcare or a rent-free place to live.”
This recession, sometimes dubbed a “mancession,” has thrown more working-class and poor men out of work, and Wilcox’s research suggests that this could have troubling long-term effects: “Husbands are significantly less happy in their marriages, and more likely to contemplate divorce, when their wives take the lead in breadwinning.”
Wilcox concludes: “These unemployment trends are likely to deepen the marital divide that has opened up between college-educated and less-educated Americans, a divide marked by dramatically higher rates of divorce among those without college degrees compared to those with college degrees.”
College-educated women also marry at a higher rate than their peers, are less likely to have children out of wedlock, and hold a more restrictive attitude toward divorce-but “for the non-college-educated population, unfortunately, the marriage situation remains gloomy. Marriage rates are continuing to decline, and the percentage of out-of-wedlock births is rising.” The result: a greater gap between the haves and the have-nots.