I have spent a lot of time and effort debunking myths about marriage – for example, if you get married, you will be lastingly happier and healthier, live longer, have more and better sex, more interpersonal connections, and raise more successful children. (You can find links to all of the debunking here.) But there is one claim about marriage that I do not contest – if you get married, you probably will end up better off financially.
One source of evidence on the implications of marrying for financial well-being is the book, Singlism. Other discussions are below.
I. The Big Picture
Get married, get wealthy?
This is what it costs to be single
The high price of being single
The economy: A single person’s vulnerability that is real
Left behind: Single people are not feeling secure, economically
The Marriage-Promotion Claim that Is Right – for All the Wrong Reasons
Nearing retirement and nearly broke? Economic discrimination against singles adds up
Should newlyweds get all the loot, and other impolite considerations
Should marriage be a ticket to privilege? Several dozen skeptics weigh in
The single best bit of $$ advice for single people
Best article ever about the costs of single life
The costs of single life: Some are avoidable, but others, currently, are not
Singles advocacy and issues of privilege
21 ways single people are taxed more than married people on tax day and every other day
Marriage penalty? I don’t think so
Law review article on taxes: Uncoupled singles always pay a penalty
III. Also Relevant
The inheritance windfall: What single women, more than anyone else, do with it
Character and caricature: Two stories about singles and money
Scolding single mothers about marriage: Some cautionary facts
The case for marriage is a sham
It’s not just about couples
Growing inequality: Marriage contributes to it
Deplorable article on the pathetic single-parent family and the awesome married one
Money problems have nothing to do with marital problems, and other bad advice from the past
Married man’s burden: Charles Murray’s prescription for a better America
Celebrations of Finland’s success leave one big group behind
Singlism in Finland is causing a stir
Bestselling author calls rise of singles a BDD – big demographic deal
Sometimes Time magazine just can’t help itself
Is this singlism or a smart business practice?
Is it fair for businesses to charge singles more? Examples from many sectors
Bye, bye single supplement! Adweek proclaims the power of one
What do singles spend their money on?