Marriage, Penalized: Does Social-Welfare Policy Affect Family Formation?, Institute for Family Studies

Jul 25, 2016Report, Family Stability, Safety Net

The expanding reach of the welfare state means that a substantial share of lower-middle-class couples with children receive such aid—and many of these couples receive more generous support if they are unmarried. That’s especially the case if their total income as a cohabiting couple is not considered in determining their eligibility for assistance, as often appears to be the case.

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