Akers and Kohm, ‘Solving Millennial Marriage Evolution’

… Part I examines the millennial desire for employment, financial security, and education as well as the impact these desires have on decisions toward marriageability. It considers the rise in numbers of single Americans, data illuminating how to define millennials, and evidence indicating that they are not convinced happiness is found in marriage. Part II examines the legal incentives and economic connections between intimate associations and economic success. It analyzes the economics behind America’s marriage decline, the effects of online dating and new forms of human romantic connection, and the effects of childbearing and childrearing on national family strength. Finally, Part III combines those discussions to consider the dependence of national economic success on current and future marital commitments, offering proposals to improve family stability nationally through marital strength. In this section we proffer that the solution to incentivizing marriage for millennials may be increasing an understanding of the connection between prestige and parenthood, thereby effectively reconnecting parenthood with marriage. This connection, particularly with respect to the human capital of children, may provide a positive link between marriage and sex, family, and overall social benefits for both ends of the income inequality gap. We suggest that incentivizing this connection could substantially diminish the income inequality gap currently evident in millennial marriages …

Akers, Kathleen E and Kohm, Lynne Marie, Solving Millennial Marriage Evolution, University of Baltimore Law Review volume 48 : issue 1, Article 2 (2018).

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