FAMILY: by Howard CenterNews Weekly
Co-habiting couples and child neglect
, May 13, 2006
Non-marital cohabiting couples spend more money on themselves and less on their children than do married couples, a recent US study has found.Though the chattering classes generally view it as a fully acceptable substitute for marriage, non-marital cohabitation offers little to children. For cohabiting parents typically part with so much of their money at tobacco and liquor stores that they have little left to spend on their children.
Two US economists, Thomas DeLeire and Ariel Kalil, have examined this phenomenon in a study, "How Do Cohabiting Couples With Children Spend Their Money?", recently published in the Journal of Marriage and Family
The two academics have found that "cohabiting-parent families spend a greater amount on two adult goods - alcohol and tobacco - than do married-parent [families]". At the same time, cohabiting parents spend significantly less than married parents on their children's education and health care.
Thus, contrary to the theorising of progressives that would define it as the functional equivalent of marriage, this new study provides strong "evidence that cohabitation is a distinct family type from marriage".
- The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society (Rockford, Illinois, USA)