CNBC: Economists: Men now need more than just money to be 'marriageable'
Fracking booms gave two researchers in the Economics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, a perfect chance to test the hypothesis. What happens when money pours into a place, enriching the men, specifically, and giving them good jobs? More of them will get married, right?Further down in this article it's noted the rich people marry to get richer. Is it possible to make marriage more palatable for people further down the income brackets? It's seems the conclusion as far as why the weathly gets married is that well a couple with children are better off combining their resources than remaining separate.
As they discovered, to their surprise, the answer is no.
Melissa S. Kearney and Riley Wilson published their findings in a new paper covered by the Washington Post that concludes, "there is no evidence of an increase in marriage rates. The pattern of results is consistent with positive income effects on births, but no associated increase in marriage."
In other words, fracking money made more men dad-material, but it didn't make them husband-material.