I thought, and I can see your correlation. Your experience is an example of why social welfare programs are a good thing.
That, however, is not what I was addressing. Look at the marriage rates for those receiving welfare. It is substantially less by the household than those who aren’t receiving them.
I maintain that the way things are designed, it creates an environment where single parent homes are preferable to maximize ones return from these programs. And keep in mind it doesn’t keep the erstwhile husband/wife to do things like buying gifts, vehicles, or simply giving unreported money to the single parent with the children. If they’re so inclined.
Or is it due to an epidemic of abuse? If that’s the case, why are poor people married less than the rich?
My thesis is supported in literature, although it isn’t a slam dunk.
Tax and transfer programs can create significant bonuses and penalties for low- and moderate-income cohabiters with…www.urban.org
Poor Work and Marry Less than the Nonpoor Most people are poor in the United States because they either do not work or…www.brookings.edu
Historically, marriage has played a critical role in the raising of children. In most cases, the economic benefits of…www.heritage.org
Brookings and Heritage oddly enough find similar problems and reach similar conclusions.
No one is encouraging anyone to stay in abusive relationships. That is not a thing unless you’re in Saudi Arabia. And if social welfare programs create situations for those in abusive situations to leave them, that’s great. Increase the funding. Just make sure it doesn’t create a cycle of dependency on government.