What Do "I Do"s Do? Potential Benefits of Marriage for Cohabiting Couples with Children

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What Do "I Do"s Do? Potential Benefits of Marriage for Cohabiting Couples with Children

Data from the 2002 National Survey of America's Families show that over 70 percent of the difference in poverty, low-income status, and food insecurity between children living with married and cohabiting couples can be attributed to differences in work status, education, age, and race/ethnicity of these couples. The remaining difference can be attributed to unmeasured family characteristics and the intrinsic benefits of marriage.

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