Because marrying someone that you have something in common with is causing problems for the dream of everyone being exactly the same. High-income people in the US keep marrying each other, and it’s exacerbating inequality.
I would like to say that this is the most ridiculous thing I have read all year, but I’m not sure that’s true.
One characteristic that has become increasingly important to both men and women is level of education. A 2014 study on assortative matching published by the National Bureau of Economics Research (pdf) found that, in the 2000s, a man or woman who graduated from college was much more likely to be married to a person who also graduated from college than they were in the 1960s, even accounting for the country’s rising college attendance rates overall.
But the truly insane bit is this.
If high-income women married low-income men, the rise of two-income households wouldn’t have had much of an effect on inequality.
Like that was ever going to happen. And the only way it will really happen in a big way, is if the folks who want to control every aspect of your life, decide that this is another aspect you can’t be trusted with.
Richard Reeves and Joanna Venator of the Brookings Institution point out this may perpetuate inequality across generations. Children of parents with the highest incomes are much more likely to go on to make lots of money.
And that’s a bad thing, so they will find a way to stop it.