Why Get Married?

Among divorced adults, only 29% say they would like to marry again, with women more likely than men to say they do not want another trip down the aisle. Among widowed men and women, only 8% want to wed again. Of those surveyed, 96 percent of men said they wouldn’t spend anywhere near $1,000 inContinue reading “Why Get Married?”


A DOZEN young couples recently spent a cold Monday evening in a conference room in downtown Oklahoma City, answering tricky questions about their relationships, such as who their partner’s family most resembles: the Simpsons, the Addams Family or the cosily suburban Cleavers from “Leave it to Beaver”? Such lightheartedness had a serious aim: getting theContinue reading “MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS”

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 92,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for thatContinue reading “2012 in review”

A big fat Greek divorce

POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY COST AMERICA 2.4 MILLION JOBS Uncertainty is costly. More than at any point in recent history, the global economy’s fate is tied to the capriciousness of policymakers. How much does such uncertainty cost? The graph above shows how the stockmarket (red line) and the level of uncertainty (blue line) move in tandem. AnecdotalContinue reading “A big fat Greek divorce”

Remarriage offsets the negative impact of divorce- cohabitating does not

Divorce is horrid. But getting married- again, usually eliminates the long-term consequences of divorce. According to a white paper by the National Institute on Aging economic well-being in later life is linked to marital status— married older couples have higher incomes and greater wealth than those of unmarried individuals. A change in marital status becauseContinue reading “Remarriage offsets the negative impact of divorce- cohabitating does not”

Domestic violence- effects lesbians and gays the same as heterosexual couples

Studies show that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims experience domestic violence at roughly the same rate as the general population. After a fierce fight, full of gender politics, the House passed a Republican bill on Wednesday to combat violence against women, over objections from President Obama and other Democrats, who said it would reduceContinue reading “Domestic violence- effects lesbians and gays the same as heterosexual couples”