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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Equality and Happiness

The Rutgers University National Marriage Project has released its annual State of our Unions report - an indepth look at the health of marriage in America. The actual report is long and quite negative about how marriage rates are dropping and Americans' values about marriage are moving toward those of Western European countries (heaven forbid). But the data also show that Americans are marrying later, partially explaining the drop in wedding rates.

You can read the entire report, which is rather traditionalist-leaning if you ask me, but I'll highlight one section that caught my eye: the marriages of college-educated partners are actually strengthening as measured by both falling divorce rates and high scores of happiness. One of the reasons that the Marriage Project researchers give for this trend is that college-educated men and women have more egalitarian marriages then ever before, and hold more egalitarian views of gender roles within marriage.

So while we've blogged before about similar data on equality and happiness, here is yet more data to back us up.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great post!

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Ryan Murphy said...

On my opinion, divorce is not a failure of a marriage. I'd rather admit that it is one of the course that can be taken when a marriage has failed. It is a recognition of that failure. It is something that can be done to deal with that failure, and keep it from infecting and ruining your whole future. How do you think?

5:35 AM  
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