W Bradford Wilcox is professor of sociology at University of Virginia and the director of the National Marriage Project. He has both researched widely and written widely in the field of marriage and families and was a co-author of ‘Why Marriage Matters: 30 conclusions from the social sciences’.
In this article he looks at why young people from less-privileged homes are more likely to graduate from college and earn more if raised by two married parents. He concludes the article as follows:
‘The intact two-parent family seems to be particularly important for children hailing from less privileged homes and a powerful force for economic mobility when it’s the family norm at the community level. Policy makers who feel more comfortable talking about metrics than marriages need to understand that marriage could be one of the most important metrics’
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