Assortative mating, as evidenced in marriages between people of similar social class and education, can have an impact on success or failure in the economics of the family. Brookings Institution staffer Richard V. Reeves takes a look at the effects of assortative mating and single parent households.

Not surprisingly, according to Reeves, better educated Americans earn more and are also more likely to stay together:

Of course children born to well-educated parents are likely to have an advantage...Over at the Institute for Family Studies,Nicholas Zill has crunched a longitudinal dataset from the Department of Education. Zill finds that most children (9 in 10) have parents with the same level of education, or who are just one level apart...It helps a lot if one of your parents has a good education.

Reeves ponders how this affects income inequality and what can be done by government to lessen its impact. But, he notes, "Nobody wants a National Marriage Agency choosing our partners for us according to an egalitarian algorithm." Splendidly Orwellian notion, that.

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