Sunday, February 28, 2016

Marriage Equality Grows, and So Does Class Divide

A telling chart from the NYT article I just read.

The story goes on to explain why but one must always appreciate that for a news article of this sort there is often insufficient data to make a reliable story. Inference and speculation are all stirred in the the pot and served to readers.

Marriage somehow depress the earnings of women. Speculating why is irresistible because we live it we deem to know it. What we don't know is the picture when the data are aggregated.

Perhaps we are already living the consequences of this chart picture i.e., people are marrying late or not at all. If married they prefer to have no kids. It would be more interesting if the chart had also a path for married couples with kids. My guess is this third line would lie below the two shown.

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