Washington Post staffer Jim Tankersley shares the findings of a recent research study which found states with a higher concentration of married couples experience faster economic growth, less child poverty, and more economic mobility.  

Additionally, the report, which was provided by the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies, determined that the fraction of parents who are married is a more accurate predictor of each state's economic health than racial and educational statistics. Research suggests major life events such as getting married and becoming a father motivate men to work more hours and make better strategic decisions.

What might be behind those links? The researchers suggest it's the effects of marriage on men - particularly younger, lower-educated men. They believe getting married and becoming a father motivate those men to work more hours, bargain for more money and make better strategic decisions -- such as drinking less and not quitting a job before another one is lined up -- to improve their earning power.

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