Slate: 'Your Marriage is Probably Making Inequality Worse'
Inequality is a "side effect" of marriage.
In an article at Slate.com, a picture shows a "just married" couple happily waving to their guests from the back seat of a car as they drive off to begin their lives together. The caption reads, "Doing their part to increase inequality."
Writing for Slate, Matthew Yalesias is declaring that marriage is making America more unequal. Pointing to a report on "assortative mating," or the marrying of people with similar characteristics, he is able to "show" the "25 percent gap" that exists among the income of husbands and wives.
The report states:
“f matching in 2005 between husbands and wives had been random, instead of the pattern observed in the data, then the Gini coefficient would have fallen from the observed 0.43 to 0.34, so that income inequality would be smaller. Thus, assortative mating is important for income inequality.
Yalesias concludes that rather than succumbing to the stress from various conspiracies surrounding the rise in income inequality, learning that "assortative mating" is partly to blame should "set minds at ease."
So, relax, inequality is just a "side effect" of marriage.