Getting Married and Getting More Money

I have spent a lot of time and effort debunking myths about marriage – for example, if you get married, you will be lastingly happier and healthier, live longer, have more and better sex, more interpersonal connections, and raise more successful children. (You can find links to all of the debunking here.) But there is one claim about marriage that I do not contest – if you get married, you probably will end up better off financially.

One source of evidence on the implications of marrying for financial well-being is the book, Singlism. Other discussions are below.

I. The Big Picture

Get married, get wealthy?

This is what it costs to be single

The high price of being single

The economy: A single person’s vulnerability that is real

The Marriage-Promotion Claim that Is Right – for All the Wrong Reasons 

Nearing retirement and nearly broke? Economic discrimination against singles adds up

Should newlyweds get all the loot, and other impolite considerations

Should marriage be a ticket to privilege? Several dozen skeptics weigh in

The single best bit of $$ advice for single people

Best article ever about the costs of single life

II. Taxes

Marriage penalty? I don’t think so

Law review article on taxes: Uncoupled singles always pay a penalty

If you are single, every day is tax day: 19 examples

III. Also Relevant

Character and caricature: Two stories about singles and money

Scolding single mothers about marriage: Some cautionary facts

Marriage fraud

The case for marriage is a sham

It’s not just about couples

Growing inequality: Marriage contributes to it

Deplorable article on the pathetic single-parent family and the awesome married one

Money problems have nothing to do with marital problems, and other bad advice from the past

Married man’s burden: Charles Murray’s prescription for a better America

Celebrations of Finland’s success leave one big group behind

Singlism in Finland is causing a stir

Bestselling author calls rise of singles a BDD – big demographic deal

Sometimes Time magazine just can’t help itself

Is this singlism or a smart business practice?

Is it fair for businesses to charge singles more? Examples from many sectors

Bye, bye single supplement! Adweek proclaims the power of one

What do singles spend their money on?

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