The (Federal) Benefits of Marriage

Reviewing Tim Carney’s new book Family Unfriendly, Robert VerBruggen cautions against going too far with aid to stay-at-home parents: “U.S. tax and entitlement policy is already quite favorable to breadwinner households — who generally receive a “marriage bonus” from the income-tax system and extra Social Security benefits to support the non-working spouse — and further reforms should bear these existing features in mind.”

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