Social Mobility Memos
In Europe, cohabitation is stable…right?
W. Bradford Wilcox and Laurie DeRose
Monday, March 27, 2017
"It is easy to see why some conclude that marriage per se does not matter. But here’s the thing: marriage is itself strongly associated with family stability."
"Our results suggest that there is something about marriage per se that bolsters stability. It could be the elaborate ritual marking the entry into marriage; the norms of commitment, fidelity, and permanence associated with the institution; the distinctive treatment of family and friends extended to married couples; or, most likely, a combination of all these things and more—that promotes greater commitment and stability."READ THE ARTICLE (5 minutes)