Group assortation, marriage and income
August 23, 2007 11:01 PM Subscribe
Marriage and group assortation -- is it really as bad as it seems?
posted by acoutu to society & culture (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've recently read several articles on the trend for people to marry people of similar education and income. From what I have read, people are marrying the same people they've always married, but now it's more obvious because women have education and income. But is it as bad as it seems?
From reading The Two Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren, it would seem that the gains of two incomes have been eroded. Is buying power really changed by two incomes, now that workforce participation is more balanced? I would think the major problems are for single income families, especially those in the lower brackets. But haven't low income families always been marginalized?
Is group assortation so bad? (I'm willing to accept that it is. But I wondered if things are really so much worse or if people have some sort of fantasy that 1950s grocery store clerks were not so far from lawyers.)