Another study has been released when it comes to women and marriage. Particularly, Black women. Because apparently we’re the go-to people who need to be constantly dissected. In a new study by the Center on Children and Families at Brookings, a new study shows that marrying down can cost women, especially black women, close to $25,000 a year.
“There’s almost a triple dimension of issues [Black women] have to deal with,” said Kris Marsh, an associate professor of sociology and demography at the University of Maryland. “One, they have a low, and I quote this, ‘out-marriage’ rate. And two, if they do marry a Black man, they’re more likely to marry someone less educated than themselves. And the other thing that’s interesting is that [Black women] … are much more likely to not marry at all.”
This is important when you take into account that economists find that between 10 and 16 percent of the country’s income inequality is due to the “growing correlation of earned incomes received by husbands and wives.” That’s a conclusion by Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at Brookings notes, which was cited by Reeves.
So how exactly does marriage impact mobility?
A White or Black woman who marries someone less educated will suffer a household income of $25,000 less a year. Because educated Black women more frequently marry a less educated man, the income deficit affects Black families more often.
“I’m not sure it impedes social mobility, but it maintains a level of social inequality,” says economist William Darity Jr., the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, who also teaches African and African-American studies. “If we think the solution is to have more wealthy white people marry lower resourced, less wealthy Black people, I’m not sure you can enact that as as social policy.”
Woe is us. Woe is us.