Also, the two scholars said some Americans flounder after getting married. They found that “marriage can be a drag on their family’s economic well-being, particularly in cases where a partner is consistently unemployed or when a marriage ends in divorce.” In addition, they found that married black women earned less than their single peers.
To revive marriage, Lerman and Wilcox called for policy and social campaigns. They said most federal programs for low-income families with children penalize couples who are married and these marriage penalties should end. Also, they called for expanding the federal child tax credit from $1,000 to $3,000 and for expanding a tax credit for men who don’t have children.
The release of the paper coincides with the founding of a new public-policy endeavor. The Home Economics Project will sponsor academic research and publish reports to business leaders, scholars, policy makers, and the public, according to the report’s summary. The American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies will sponsor the project.
Mark Stricherz covers Washington for Aleteia. He is author of Why the Democrats are Blue.