Study: lack of ‘economically attractive’ men to blame for marriage decline


(WTVO) — There’s a steady decline in marriages in the United States, and a shortage of “economically attractive” men may to be a blame, KRON reported.

Cornell University published a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family that U.S. marriage rates have reached a 150-year low.

The study was conducted between 2012 and 2017 and researchers analyzed opposite-sex couples, comparing the incomes of “potential” male spouses to men who married women of a similar demographic.

Men who haven’t gotten married earned 58% less than those who did get married the study found.

The study stated that racial and ethnic minorities, especially Black women, face serious shortages of potential marital partners.

KRON reported that to be “economically attractive” you must have a bachelor’s degree or a stable job making at least $40,000 a year.

The conclusion of the study for that there are large defecits in the supply of potential This study reveals large deficits in the supply of potential male spouses. One implication is that the unmarried may remain unmarried or marry less well‐suited partners.

In 1960, 72% of adults in the U.S. were married, according to Pew Research.

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