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Effects of Marriage on Financial Stability

Financial Stability
Marriage is an important milestone in securing long-term financial stability. On average, entering marriage improves a man’s wages by 27 percent. According to Dr. Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia and Dr. Wendy Wang, 97 percent of young adults who follow the “success sequence”—obtain at least a high school degree, get a job, marry, and have children, in that order—avoid poverty. The success sequence holds true for racial/ ethnic minorities, and for those from low-income families. Promoting marriage is an efficacious means of improving the financial security of American families.

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