Path to poverty alleviation: Marriage or postsecondary education?

Shanta Pandey, Jeoung Hee Kim

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We examined the role of human capital in determining economic well-being and marital status of mothers with children. We analyzed 1996 data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), a nationally representative survey of 36,700 American households conducted by the Census Bureau. The results indicate that among the human capital variables postsecondary education significantly improves the economic well-being of mothers irrespective of their marital status. Also, educated mothers are more likely to be married. These findings are especially relevant as we debate the importance of marriage in poverty alleviation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-184
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Economic well-being
  • Marital status
  • Postsecondary education
  • Welfare reform


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