Couple sitting in hammock

These days, it’s common for people to make marriage sound like a trap, a life-ender, a stupid decision. Turns out though that the odds are stacked in the favour of the married: who enjoy many a benefit when compared to their single peers.

As covered in this MercatorNet article, research has shown that marriage means the following:

  • Intact family premium – young men and women from intact families enjoy an annual “intact-family premium” that amounts to $6,500 and $4,700, respectively, over the incomes of their peers from single-parent families
  • Marriage premium – both men and women enjoy substantially higher family incomes, compared to peers with otherwise similar characteristics
  • Second generation family premium – men and women who were raised with both parents present and then go on to marry enjoy an especially high income as adults
  • Across race and educational divides – the advantages of growing up in an intact family and being married extend across the population

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Tamara El-Rahi is an associate editor of MercatorNet. A Journalism graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, she lives in Australia with her husband and two daughters.