Hungary Government Scheme Sparks Marriage Boom. Will Babies Follow?

Dec 2, 2019 by

from New York Times: BUDAPEST — A new Hungarian government scheme to promote marriage and childbirth with subsidized loans has already helped produce a boom in weddings, though it is still too early to say whether more babies will follow. Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made it a priority to persuade more Hungarians to marry and have children to reverse a population decline. He has introduced a number of tax benefits and other programmes to favor families. A big new scheme this...

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Election time!

Dec 1, 2019 by

from The Marriage Foundation: Election time! The manifestos are out and the parties are trying to look beyond Brexit …Much of it boils down to money. How much, what for, who pays. But the state isn’t the only – or even main – means of support for families.What happens at home is what matters most. It frames how we see the world. It gives us identity. And it provides our main source of support. So what policies do the parties offer that might strengthen families?Where...

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Marriage and Cohabitation in the U.S.

Nov 7, 2019 by

By Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Nikki Graf and Gretchen Livingston, Pew Research Center: The share of adults who have lived with a romantic partner is now higher than the share who have ever been married; married adults are more satisfied with their relationships, more trusting of their partners. As more U.S. adults are delaying marriage – or forgoing it altogether – the share who have ever lived with an unmarried partner has been on the rise. Amid these changes, most Americans find cohabitation...

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How marrying your cousin corrupts society

Nov 5, 2019 by

by Mary Harrigton, UnHerd: A paper in October’s Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization reports a strong correlation across societies between frequency of ‘in-marriage’ — that is, cousin marriage — and corruption in that society. The paper argues that cousin marriage “generates fractionalization because it yields relatively closed groups of related individuals and thereby encourages favoritism and corruption.” That is, cousin marriage incentivises corruption because loyalty is more...

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How Romanticism Encouraged the Decline of Marriage

Oct 23, 2019 by

by John Strickland, Intellectual Takeout: This year a Pew report on “Love and Marriage in America” stated an obvious fact: The institution of marriage in our society is continuing its slide toward cultural obsolescence. Only half of adults continue to bother with marriage, while a significant minority prefer the unconstrained alternative of cohabitation. This last category is up nearly 30 percent from a decade ago. Of those who choose marriage, half will end in divorce. The statistics speak...

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The case for marriage that every politician should read

Oct 5, 2019 by

from The Conservative Woman: WE have constantly argued the case for marriage in TCW and for recognising it in the tax system, on pragmatic as well as moral grounds, most recently here.  That our society has been falling apart on marriage lines is incontrovertible – the hard evidence of this modern bifurcation is explored by Charles Murray in Coming Apart – but it is something to which our politicians pay little attention, despite its significant socio-economic, poverty and welfare...

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