Marriage and Poverty

Ygleias is being too clever by a half:

While what he says is true, what he misses are the nonmonetary benefits of marriage, or perhaps even having a roommate.  Sure, you can split the cost of living, but the mutual support goes much further.  Childcare duties (unpaid!) can be split – and children better cared for.  When one partner is ill, the other can pick up the slack, drive them to appointments etc, ensuring a faster recovery.  Bouts of unemployment do not lead to nearly as dramatic a loss in income.  

The above neglects the emotional benefits of marriage and family stability, which of course affect pecuniary affairs as well.


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