Poverty and Government Assistance

By: Lichter, Daniel T., Roempke, Deborah, and Brian J. Brown.

Studying data from the National Survey of Family Growth, this study finds that only 8.4% of women who were married when their first child was born were poor compared to 30% of women whose first child was born out-of-wedlock.  Furthermore, women who were currently married were four times less likely to be receiving food stamps than never-married women and five times less likely to be receiving food stamps as all other women.

Is marriage a panacea? Union formation among economically disadvantaged unwed mothers. Social Problems 50 (1): 60-86.